Ford Transit hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|91.7mpg||60g/km||35 miles||2 hours 45 minutes|
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.
Ford Transit hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
With a full charge, the Ford Transit PHEV has an electric range of up to 35 miles. 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 60g/km. Both figures are reliant on regular charging, 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 is 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 if you really need it.
The Transit Custom PHEV has a Type 2 socket, which is located under the front-left headlight. Connect this to a domestic, three-pin socket and a full charge of the battery will take around four hours and 20 minutes.
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 the Transit PHEV, as this isn't deemed necessary for relatively small batteries.