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Ford is launching trials for its Transit Custom PHEV to deliver cleaner air in London, U.K., where 280,000 commercial vehicle trips are made every day.

25 Jan 2017 | International News : U.K.

Ford is launching a multi-million pound project designed to help improve air quality in London, U.K. as the carmaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified vehicles scheduled for introduction in the next five years. The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips such as deliveries or maintenance work.

Ford will provide 20 PHEV Transits to a range of commercial fleets across London, including Transport for London's fleet, to explore how such vans can contribute to cleaner air targets while boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions - the toughest working environment for vehicles. The project is supported financially by the U.K. Government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre.

The Transit Custom PHEV is just one of 13 new global electrified vehicles Ford is launching in the next five years. This total includes a fully-electric sport utility vehicle with an estimated range of at least 483km, a high-volume autonomous hybrid vehicle designed for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing to debut in the U.S.A in 2021, and a hybrid version of the iconic Mustang sports car. Ford also has a Memorandum of Understanding with several other carmakers to create the highest-powered charging network for electric vehicles in Europe.

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