The US automaker has an enduring relationship with the United Kingdom market, so there’s no surprise in seeing London get chosen for the initial trials of the upcoming Transit plug in hybrid.
A fleet of 20 units will be travelling the streets of the country’s capital since fall, the partnership with UK’s Transport for London and the local Department for Transport aiming to find out “how such vans can contribute to cleaner air while boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions.” This is because apparently commercial vehicles make 280,000 journeys on a typical weekday in the urban area of London, for a total of 8 million miles – and vans make up 75 percent of peak freight traffic. “This exciting project in London shows how innovative technology can help improve the prosperity and quality of life in our congested cities,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO at Ford of Europe.
With Ford being the “top selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe” we can only imagine similar projects will be launched in the near future in other big European cities. Ford aims to be the first volume automaker with a PHEV in the class and has announced it will use telematics to collect data on the vehicles’ financial, operational, and environmental performance to “help understand how the benefits of electrified vehicles can be maximized.” Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV is part of Ford’s program to introduce 13 electrified vehicles during the next half decade.