Fleets sign-up to Ford’s Transit plug-in hybrid van trial
The first wave of
fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London
trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed.
pound project is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric
vans could support cleaner air targets, whilst boosting productivity for
operators in urban conditions - the toughest working environment for commercial
supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new Ford
Transit PHEVs that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power
for the majority of inner-city trips.
range extenders, the fleet is not limited by battery range, making them capable
of the longer journeys that may be required by businesses and ‘blue light’
fleets represent a cross-section of city-based businesses which will integrate
the Ford Transit PHEV vans into their day-to-day operations.
Using a Ford
telematics system, each Transit PHEV will collect data on the vehicles’
financial, operational and environmental performance to help understand how the
benefits of electrified vehicles could be maximised.
The five fleets
include the Metropolitan Police with two Transit PHEV vans: one marked for
second response to traffic accidents and one un-marked as a forensic support
unit. In addition, Transport for London will use three of the vans for freight
duties. Other fleets involved in the trial are: Clancy Plant, Addison Lee and British
Jiggs Bharij, head
of fleet services, Metropolitan Police, said: “The Metropolitan Police is committed
to a sustainable fleet of vehicles. We’re delighted to be working with Ford on
this innovative PHEV Transit trial- working towards a cleaner London.”
Andy Barratt, chairman
and managing director, Ford of Britain, said: “Over the past 50 years, the Ford
Transit has been the UK’s favourite commercial vehicle. Our customers have
always been at the centre of our development, so working directly with our
fleets is vital in delivering an electrified commercial vehicle that adds value
to the many different businesses going in and out of our cities every day.”
In addition, Mark
Harvey has been appointed director of urban electrified van programme - a new
position at Ford in the UK. In the role, he will work directly with Transport
for London, the participating fleets, and the Ford development team, to bring
manufacturer, consumer and city together to better understand commercial
vehicle use in a city.
Ford to launch the
multi-million pound project this autumn; working with Transport for London and
supported by the UK government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre. The Transit
PHEV van is planned for commercial introduction in 2019.