Ford Transit Custom PHEV To Be Tested In Cologne, Germany


More tests announced ahead of the market launch

Ford expands the trial project with its Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid delivery van to the third city in Europe – after London and Valencia in Spain. From Spring 2019, 12 units will enter service in Cologne, Germany for 12 months.

Ford promises that production and sales of the series-hybrid with plug-in capability will begin next year, but it will be a European-only car, so don’t expect the Transit Custom PHEV in the U.S.

“From spring 2019, Ford, supported by the City of Cologne, will operate a fleet of 10 Ford Transit Custom PHEVs with regional companies in the city to investigate the extent to which PHEVs can help to achieve urban air quality goals. Funded by Ford, the trial will initially run for 12 months, in cooperation with municipal fleets serving the public sector, complementing testing in London and Valencia, in Spain, with larger fleets and small-to-medium fleets respectively.”

Two Transit Custom PHEV commercial vehicles each will be operated by the following regional companies:

  • AWB Abfallwirtschaftsbetriebe Köln (waste management)
  • Cologne Bonn Airport
  • Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln (harbour and freight traffic)
  • Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe (public transport association)
  • RheinEnergie (regional energy company).

Gunnar Herrmann, chairman of the management board, Ford of Germany said:

“Ford recognises Cologne as a city of strategic importance regarding future mobility. Together with the City of Cologne, we will start to investigate how we might in future look forward to urban areas that offer better air quality and can also be more productive,”.

Henriette Reker, Mayor of the City of Cologne said:

“For the rapidly growing city of Cologne, emission-free mobility is a crucial issue for the future. Every research project that works towards this will benefit our city. I am glad that Ford, as an automotive manufacturer, with its European headquarters in Cologne, will undertake this trial,”.

The brief specifications of the Ford Transit Custom PHEV:

  • up to 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range
  • charging in 3 hours (240 V, 32 A)
  • series-hybrid driveline configuration with 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender
  • total range of more than 500 kilometres (310 miles)
  •  14 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack located under the load floor
  • full cargo volume offered by the standard van
  • over 1,000 kg of payload

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9 Comments on "Ford Transit Custom PHEV To Be Tested In Cologne, Germany"

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Bring it stateside!

Ford projected to cut 75k jobs in the next year.

Note to self:
Never buy another Ford product.
Why? Because they refuse to sell this stateside.
I’m beginning to trust VW more than Ford.

Give it a bigger battery

Bigger battery = less cargo capacity due to the extra weight.

They’ve constructed it as a series-hybrid driveline. The tiny gasoline engine will ensure the battery is charged. It does not run the vehicle, all power is stored in the battery, and then electric motors will provide power to the wheels. I guess you can enter EV only mode by pressing a button OR it is GPS controlled – so they can use this hybrid in EV only mode in cities like London, when ever they need to. The tiny engine, paired with the battery and the motor is close to the weight of a standard Transit. . of couse the drawback is an engine that runs potentially many hours, and will require maintenace accordingly. I understand why they did it this way, but due to where I live (and the environment and running costs/maintenance) I would prefer a van with a larger battery (pure BEV only), that is legally allowed to weigh over 3500kg (if they need to) due to new regulations (that will come) in the EU. I would be fairly happy with a 250km real world (winter) range of an electric passenger van. More would be better – but I could live with 250km easy. 200 would work,… Read more »

I know we’ve been over this already on the topic of this van, but I still think that that’s a fairly lame amount of range, even for the city. And being a series hybrid its efficiency will suck on gas power. If you’re going to go series, you’d better be damn sure that your battery can cover the vast majority of your trips (like the i3 Rex) or the effort isn’t really worth it. And in the winter that van will probably have difficulty reaching 30 km range.

It is designed to cover loopholes in cities banning ICE cars, or where they have a high congestion charge.
You can drive to the limit with this car, press a button (or let the GPS control it), and it will shut the engine down. The can can cruise on EV juice to the customers, and exit the city again – and let the engine start again, and charge the battery up.

Search plug-in hybrid Transit Van and you get this, they have a good position.