Spanish fleets to test Transit PHEV

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Ford is adding a second city to its Transit Custom plug-in hybrid trial, with a fleet set to roll out in the Spanish city of Valencia, near the carmaker’s factory.

Ford Transit PHEV

Fleets in Valencia will be able to test the Transit PHEV.

The trial is a collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia, and Valencia City leadership, aimed at seeing how the van could contribute to cleaner air and enhanced productivity.

A fleet of 20 are already on trial with fleets in London over a 12-month course, offering a 31-mile battery range and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine working as a range-extender rather than driving the wheels.

The Transit Custom PHEV will go into volume production next year, as part of Ford’s $11bn investment in electric mobility, one of 40 global models which will also include fully electric vehicles.

Steven Armstrong, president and CEO, Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: “As no two cities are alike, it is vital that we look at the mobility issue from a variety of perspectives. Our research in Valencia will help us gain a meaningful understanding of the benefits that small and medium fleets running primarily on electric power can bring.”

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