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Ford unveils plug-in hybrid Tourneo Custom people carrier

Ford has unveiled its Tourneo Custom Plug-in Hybrid people mover, which is able to travel 31 miles on electric power alone.

Ford has unveiled its Tourneo Custom Plug-in Hybrid people mover, which is able to travel 31 miles on electric power alone.

The eight-seater is among the first models unveiled as part of the manufacturer’s electrification strategy, which also includes the Fiesta and new Kuga.

Hans Schep, general manager, commercial vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “Uniquely innovative and flexible, the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid can adapt to an unparalleled variety of use cases, giving owners and operators the advantage of being able to drive in ultra-low-emissions zones and still cover the same ground between battery charges as a traditionally-powered people-mover.

“Whether delivering executive shuttle services or ferrying large families, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid will offer comfort and refinement while also contributing to improved local air quality in busy urban environments.”

The plug-in hybrid’s front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor/generator, powered by a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender, working alongside regenerative braking enabled by the motor/generator to recharge the battery.

The hybrid powertrain targets a zero-emission driving range of up to 31 miles or 310 miles using the range extender.

Using a charging port located within the front bumper, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged using a domestic 240-volt 10-amp power supply to achieve full charge in less than six hours, or using a commercial 240-volt 16-amp or 32-amp supply to achieve full charge in three hours.

The company earlier this year announced that every Ford nameplate from the Focus onwards will include an electrified option.

This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered.



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