Ford has added a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Tourneo Custom van, to be available for European customers from late 2019.
Claimed to be the first-in-class, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid’s front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor/generator, powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender, working alongside regenerative braking enabled by the motor/generator to recharge the battery.
Ford claims a zero-emission driving range of up to 50 km (31 miles) or 500 km (310 miles) using the range extender.
Like the diesel powered Tourneo Custom, the Plug-In Hybrid model retains the ability to arrange the two rear rows in a conference format, or in two rows of three seats facing forward, Ford said.
Available in the top-end Titanium trim, the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid’s standard equipment includes Ford’s voice-activated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, featuring an 8-inch touchscreen that can be controlled with pinch and swipe gestures, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well.
Other standard features include FordPass Connect on-board modem that offers Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices.
Active Park Assist is also offered, which helps steer the vehicle into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, while the driver controls acceleration and braking.
According to Ford, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged using a domestic 240-volt 10-amp power supply to achieve full charge in 5.5 hours, or using a commercial 240-volt 16-amp or 32-amp supply for a full charge in 3 hours.
Ford sold 17,100 Tourneo Custom people movers in 2018 – a 28 percent increase compared with the previous year.