Ford Confirms First Fleets To Join ‘Cleaner Air For London’ Trial
Added: 25 April 2017
The first wave of fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, have been confirmed.
Starting this autumn, the multi-million pound project is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner air targets, whilst boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions - the toughest working environment for commercial vehicles.
The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new Ford Transit PHEVs that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of inner-city trips. Equipped with range extenders, the fleet is not limited by battery range, making them capable of the longer journeys that may be required by businesses and ‘blue light’ services.
The participating fleets represent a cross-section of city-based businesses which will integrate the Ford Transit PHEV vans into their day-to-day operations.
Jiggs Bharij, Head of Fleet Services, Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan police are committed to a sustainable fleet of vehicles. We’re delighted to be working with Ford on this innovative PHEV Transit trial- working towards a cleaner London.”
- Transport for London
- Metropolitan police
- Clancy Plant
- Addison Lee
- British Gas
Andy Barratt, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain, said: “Over the past 50 years, the Ford Transit has been the UK’s favourite commercial vehicle. Our customers have always been at the centre of our development, so working directly with our fleets is vital in delivering an electrified CV that adds value to the many different businesses going in and out of our cities every day.”
The Transit PHEV van is planned for commercial introduction in 2019. At Day’s we’ve watched the Ford Transit become a national icon and we’re excited to witness this exciting new chapter unfold.
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