Ford has committed to introducing a Plug-in Hybrid electric version of Britain’s most popular van as part of its global electrification strategy, which will include 13 new fully electric vehicles within the next five years.
The new Transit Plug-In Hybrid is expected to arrive in 2018 and will be fully engineered and designed in Europe.
The company also plans to be aggressive in developing global electrified vehicle services, including EV fleet management, route planning and telematics solutions, as well as an all-electric ride-sharing vehicle based on the Transit Connect, which will initially go into service in New York City, USA.
The moves are part of a US $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020, offering customers greater fuel efficiency, capability and power across Ford’s global vehicle range, including electrified and autonomous vehicles and new mobility solutions.
“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles that make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO. “Our investments and expanding line-up reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”
“Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths,” added Raj Nair, the company’s Executive Vice President, Product Development. “We’re focused on providing customers more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars – plus improved fuel economy.”
Ford will put pre-production versions of the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid on the road later this year, along with a new set of mobility services, telematics and connectivity solutions, the details of which which have yet to be confirmed.
“Innovative services can be as important to customers as the electrified vehicles themselves,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Group Vice President of Purchasing and Ford’s EV champion. “We are investing in solutions to help private customers as well as commercial fleet owners seamlessly incorporate these new vehicles and technologies into their lives.”