Fully electric Ford Transit Custom to arrive 2023

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Ford is to launch fully electric Transit Custom models in 2023, in addition to the existing plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and conventional engine variants.

The Ford Transit Custom is already available as a PHEV but will debut fully electric models in 2023

Due on sale in 2023, it will mark the first time the Transit Custom has been available as a fully electric model, bringing a much-needed solution for fleets in urban areas.

Ford announced in February that its entire commercial vehicle range will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2024, with two-thirds of its commercial vehicle sales expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.

But the line-up for the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover will also continue to include mild hybrid engines and plug-in hybrids, which the carmaker said will remain a significant part of the range, helping to provide a stepping stone to full electric. This is positive news for the Dagenham plant in the UK, which will supply diesel engines for the range. It also means the new line-up will be the most extensive Transit Custom range ever offered to European customers.

All versions will be built by Ford Otosan – Ford’s joint venture in Turkey – in Kocaeli, alongside the new Volkswagen Transporter under Ford and VW’s expanding global cooperation work.

The Transit Custom will also offer an ‘ecosystem’ of connected services co-developed with customers and designed to enhance the customer experience and help enhance efficiency for operators through connected uptime and productivity services such as FordPass Pro for fleets of up to five vehicles. Ford has also recently teamed up with ALD to launch the Ford Fleet Management leasing and fleet management business, bringing a one-stop shop approach for fleets.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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 edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.