Ford Transit Custom hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
The Ford Transit Custom hybrid has a useful electric range of 26 miles, plus a petrol engine for longer journeys – making it a great all-rounder
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|91.7mpg||70g/km||26 miles||2 hours 45 minutes (7.4kW)|
The Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid – to give it its full name – is the only plug-in hybrid van on sale in the UK right now, giving it a monopoly in this small segment of the market for the time being.
Usefully, the 13.6kWh battery hasn’t reduced overall carrying capacity compared to the standard internal-combustion-engined Transits, although the maximum payload of 1,130kg is a little lower. This makes the PHEV a tempting alternative to the petrol and diesel versions, especially for those based in towns and cities, whose daily mileage will mostly be covered by the electric-only range.
However, if you only ever cover short distances, it may be worth considering one of the myriad pure-electric vans on the market, the likes of which include the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter and Mercedes eVito. While they’ve no petrol or diesel engine to fall back on, their greater electric range (approaching 100 miles) could mean you see daily running costs tumble.
Ford Transit Custom hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
With a full charge, the Ford Transit PHEV has an electric range of up to 26 miles in normal driving, or around 30 miles in slower, stop-start urban traffic. This means if you plug the van in regularly, your running costs will fall significantly as you’ll be less reliant on petrol.
Officially, the Transit PHEV returns 91.7mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 70g/km. Both figures are reliant on regular charging, of course, without which you won’t stand a chance of realising them in the real world.
If you’re not in a position to regularly plug the van in – either because it’s being used frequently or you don’t have access to a charger – there's a failsafe: the Transit comes with an ‘EV Charge’ driving mode that uses the engine to top up the battery while you’re driving. This is less efficient, but it does at least mean you’ll benefit from zero-emissions running in built-up areas or specific low-emissions zones.
The Transit Custom PHEV has a Type 2 socket, which is located under the front-left headlight. Connect this to a domestic three-pin plug and a full charge of the battery will take around four hours and 20 minutes – returning around 26 miles of electric range.
Those with a wallbox – installed either at home or at work – benefit from faster charging times, fully replenishing the battery in a little under three hours. As is the case with nearly all plug-in hybrids, there's no rapid-charging facility for the Transit PHEV, as this isn't deemed necessary for relatively small batteries.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van offers around 26 miles of electric driving range and nearly 92mpg fuel economy
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid has a useful electric range of 26 miles, plus a petrol engine for longer journeys – making it a great all-rounder
- 3Running costsRunning costs for the Ford Transit Custom hybrid should be low, provided you charge the battery regularly and don’t rely too heavily on the petrol engine
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid is surprisingly fast, with the punchy electric motor delivering good acceleration
- 5Interior & comfortThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid van is very comfortable, with seating for three and plenty of handy storage solutions
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid is just as practical as the non-hybrid variants, with only a slight reduction in maximum payload weight
- 7Reliability & safetyFord has a good reputation for reliability, which means the Transit Custom hybrid should be a dependable companion
- 8Living with itPlug-in hybrid cars and SUVs are everywhere, but how does a petrol-electric drivetrain work in a van? We ran a Ford Transit Custom PHEV to find out