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Ford vans to get mild hybrid tech

Ford is to launch mild hybrid Transit and Transit custom vans this year as part of range-wide plans for electrification.

Ford is introducing mild hybrid powertrain solutions for the Transit two-tonne and Transit Custom vans

The announcement follows the news earlier this year that every one of the company’s nameplates launched from the all-new Focus onwards will include one or more electrified options, to deliver “one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers”.

It means that mild hybrid powertrains will be introduced for the Transit two-tonne and Transit Custom vans and the Tourneo Custom, which will arrive later this year based on the EcoBlue 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine.

The Transit EcoBlue Hybrid has anticipated CO2 emissions from 144g/km along with fuel efficiency from 7.6l/100km (37.2mpg) with the Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid is projected to have CO2 emissions from 139g/km and fuel efficiency from 6.7l/100km (42.2mpg). The figures for the Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid start from 137g/km for CO2 and 7.0l/100km (40.4mpg).

In addition, Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models – which debut at the company’s ‘Go Further’ experience in Amsterdam next week (2nd April 2019) – will arrive next year with a mild hybrid version of the three-cylinder 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine featuring a belt-driven integrated starter/generator to replace the standard alternator and a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack, plus a larger turbocharger.

As a result, the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid is expected to bring NEDC Correlated CO2 emissions from 112g/km, with fuel efficiency from 4.9l/100km (57.6mpg) while the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid is expected to offer CO2 emissions from 106g/km and fuel efficiency from 4.7l/100km (60.1mpg).


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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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