Urban Electric Van

Urban Electric Commercial Vehicle

A practical solution for sustainable commercial vehicle transport in cities

Commercial vehicles keep our cities functioning and can account for a huge proportion of inner-city traffic. That’s why we want to make sure they are as efficient as possible for both the city and the businesses who run them. Global demand for cleaner transportation is rising with most countries announcing plans to accelerate transition to electrification, but how do we make sure that we keep businesses on the move, with little impact to their operations?

Urban Electric Van - The solution

The Solution

Trials by Ford across Europe have shown how the Transit Plug-in Hybrid offers a practical every-day solution for van owners and businesses working in the city, enabling them to complete longer journeys when required.

As the vehicles aren’t reliant on charging infrastructure there is no range or charge anxiety, meaning they can deliver the best of both worlds: zero-emission driving capability with no compromise on getting the job done. There is no reduction in payload or load volume compared with a conventional diesel model.

The Technology

Transit Plug-in Hybrid combines a battery-powered electric motor with its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Selectable EV modes allow you to switch drive power between the electric motor, petrol engine, or via a fuel-efficient combination of both. Capable of zero emissions, electric-only driving to a range of 56 km. Ideal if you operate in the city, even in the new Low Emissions Zones.

Our geofencing technology is designed to help improve local air quality. The Transit Plug-in Hybrid can detect when it enters a congestion zone or low-emission zone, and then automatically switch to electric-only drive mode. Users can also create custom “green zones” to reduce emissions near schools, in urban areas and warehouses.

Urban Electric Vehicle - The technology
Urban Electric Vehicle - The Outcome

The Outcome

Pilots in Valencia, London and Cologne have included many customer types from multiple industries. This has enabled us to understand how businesses can adapt operations to make electrification work for them. The trials have also provided evidence that businesses can migrate to vehicle electrification today, whilst maintaining business efficiency.

The research has also been used as a tool to show cities the real-life impact of vehicle connectivity on businesses, including the potential applications for geofencing and blockchain technology.

What opportunities does the Urban Electric vehicle present?

  • Confidence built with fleets and drivers that electrification can work for them
  • Ideal for general purpose commercial vehicle city work
  • Ability to provide the flexibility business require to deliver both goods and passengers out to the suburbs as and when required
  • Proofing of the Ford PHEV Transit product to be successful for businesses who need to regularly enter the city
  • Practical electric vehicle with fewer compromises on payload and volume
Click the links below to find further information on Ford's Urban Electric vehicles.

Transit Custom PHEV Tourneo Custom PHEV

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