We’re used to hybrid cars now, but electrified vans haven’t really hit the mainstream yet. Until now, that is, because Ford has revealed mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the new Transit. Both vehicles are likely to be on sale in the summer of 2019.
The new 2-tonne Ford Transit has been showcased at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany. This image shows off its restyled front end, with a new chrome-lined hexagonal grille and LED daytime running lights – similar to those on the Transit Custom.
The redesigned interior offers more storage space, and the new Transit offers a larger payload and more fuel-efficient engines. The 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines have been upgraded to the very latest economy standards. Manual versions are available with a 48V mild-hybrid (mHEV) system to further improve your MPG figures. It works by capturing the energy lost under braking, which is then used to help power the electrical features in the van. With this system, the engine can shut down at low speeds to save fuel.
The Transit PHEV goes one step further – you’ll be able to drive around 30 miles on electric power alone. With zero-emission driving available, the PHEV is ideal for urban drivers. A 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is also included to make sure you can get home – together, a range of more than 300 miles is quoted.
These new Ford Transit vans are packed with connectivity, too. Ford says the new vehicles are “born connected” and include a lot of advanced driver technologies.
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