Ford to launch Transit EV by 2019

Pushed by demand from its customers, Ford has announced that it is to launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Transit Custom van in Europe by the end of 2019 as part of its five year plan for electric vehicles (EVs).

The announcement comes from a $4.5 billion investment in EVs by 2020, and reflects the automotive giant’s aim to be an ‘auto and mobility company’, including leading in EVs and autonomous vehicles as well as providing 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, services and solutions 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.”

The Transit is to be one of seven EVs that Ford plans to roll out globally. These are also reputed to include a hybrid version of the Mustang that will have the power of a V8. In addition it will be launching a SUV, and autonomous vehicle, a pick up and two police cars. Ultimately, 13 EVs are to be on the road as part of the plans.

For delivery companies and councils peeved with pollution from the delivery vehicles alike this could be very good news. This should allow the world famous Transit to continue as the van of choice for delivery companies and not fall foul of pollution limits that look set to be hardened considerably in the coming years.
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