Ford’s next generation Transit Custom range will include an all-electric version when it is launched in 2023.
It is the first time the model will be available with a pure electric drivetrain, but the range will also come with mild-hybrid diesel and plug-in hybrid versions when it is launched in two years’ time.
The electric Transit Custom will be the second all-electric commercial vehicle from Ford, following the launch of the full-size Ford E Transit, which is scheduled for 2022.
The arrival of the electric Transit Custom is part of Ford’s plan to offer a zero-emissions capable commercial vehicle range by 2024, comprising all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Beyond that, it’s aiming for two-thirds of the CVs it sells in 2030 to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid.
As well as the arrival of electric drive, the new Transit Custom will feature Ford’s latest connected services. The current Transit Custom is available with 3G connectivity, while further enhancements of the FordPass Pro and Ford Fleet Management vehicle management software are expected to be launched with the new model.
Stuart Rowley, President, Ford of Europe, said, “Transit Custom is the jewel in our commercial vehicle crown and key in our drive to grow our commercial vehicle business as we continue to create a sustainable, profitable Ford business in Europe rooted in an electrified future.”