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Ford paves way for 2019 Transit Connect PHEV

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Ford has revealed its facelifted Transit Custom van for 2018, which will gain a plug-in hybrid model in 2019.

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Vehicle trials are supported by TfL and a £4.7m grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

Due to go under trial by London businesses this autumn – supported by by Transport for London and a £4.7m grant from the government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre, the Transit Custom PHEVs will use a range extender drivetrain although no details have been announced about which petrol engine will be used.

The vehicles are being developed by Ford’s Dunton technical centre alongside the Prodrive Advanced Technology’s facility in Banbury.

The Transit Custom PHEV forms part of the automaker’s plans to launch 13 electric vehicles over the next five years, including a fully electric SUV with an estimated range of at least 300 miles, a high-volume autonomous hybrid vehicle designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing to debut in North America in 2021, and a hybrid version of the Mustang sports car.

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Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.