Ford will be presenting its latest generation of connected and electrified Transit vehicles at Hannover Van Show, Germany, from September 20-27, 2018. The company's new 2-tonne Transit will make its global debut at the Show.
Ford is introducing its range of electrified products, including the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid (PHEV), with a segment-first 48-volt mild hybrid (mHEV) powertrain.
Ford claim the new 2-tonne Transit will deliver more fuel efficient engines, increased payload, built-in connectivity and advanced driver technologies when it launches in mid-2019, along with a new front-end design language and an all-new interior with enhanced stowage space.
In addition to upgraded 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, new Transit customers will be able to specify 48-volt mHEV technology on manual transmission vehicles to further improve fuel efficiency, particularly in stop-start urban driving.
The mHEV system captures energy on deceleration in a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, and uses the stored energy to help drive the engine and electrical ancillaries.
Ford’s Transit Custom PHEV utilses a hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range of up to 31 miles, and features the firm's 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender.
The EcoBoost engine charges the on-board batteries when longer trips are required between charging stops, providing operators with outstanding efficiency and flexibility, and a total range of more than 300 miles.