Company Van Today - Issue 7 - Autumn 2018

Plug-in Transit Custom confirmed at IAA show motor that is capable of giving the Transit Custom an electric- only range of 30 miles and a total range of 300 miles. The battery power can be managed by the driver, with three selectable modes. EV Now uses electric only until the battery is depleted, EV Later runs the van on the engine to save the battery, while EV Auto lets the van decide. It can be fully recharged in five hours from a domestic three-pin 240v 10amp supply. Payload ‘exceeds 1000kg. It will come with an on- board modem, which will allow fleet managers to monitor the vehicle use, said Ford. The company also launched two new software solutions at the IAA. One is a telematics system, while the other gives fleets and suppliers access to the data created by driving. Ford also announced that the Transit Connect will get the same micro-hybrid (MHEV) tech as the bigger Transit. Like the Transit, this won’t be able to power the van on its own, but will help boost efficiency. The range will also get the new 185hp 2.0-litre diesel engine that is going into the Transit. Ford has unveiled a comprehensive facelift for its flagship van, the Transit. The biggest van in Ford’s light commercial vehicle range has had the most comprehensive update of the line-up, all of which have been refreshed in the past 18 months. There are 4000 new or changed parts on the 2019 Transit, with a new look, new engines and new technology. The biggest change, explained Transit chief engineer Mick McDonagh, was under the bonnet, with a new engine range that now offers the option of micro-hybrid (MHEV) technology. The addition of a 48V battery boosts economy by 3% on general driving and up to 8% in stop-start situations, according to Ford. It is designed to give the engine a helping hand rather than take over and power the van on its own, so the Transit is not able to run with zero emissions as a result. Although pricing has not yet been confirmed for this tech, a spokesman said that it will not add more in percentage terms than it will save in fuel. The engine range gets an update, too, because each of the 2.0-litre units has been NEW TRANSIT UNVEILED wheels, which use spun steel, and the use of a single, rather than double exhaust, plus a new composite bulkhead. There is a variety of new technology on offer, too, with a blind-spot information system, intelligent adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with sensors that can identify pedestrians and a lane-keep assist. It also offers front and rear cameras with a high- mounted rear camera, cross traffic alert and a parking aid. The interior gets a comprehensive refresh, too, and it has been brought up to the standard set by the recently revised Transit Custom. It gets the latest Sync3 infotainment system on a new tablet-like screen, more durable materials and extra storage on the top of the dashboard. A new Limited trim is set to join the range when the Transit goes on sale in mid 2019, with pricing and spec due to be announced closer to launch. TomWebster tweaked to be more efficient. A new 185hp engine joins the top of the range, with the leisure market in mind. A new 10-speed automatic gearbox is also added as an option on the rear-wheel- drive models. The visual changes are the most noticeable, with a redesigned front and lower grille. A new bonnet not only looks different but is also one of the many weight-saving elements on the Transit – it is made of aluminium – that Ford says has helped boost the payload on the new model. Another weight-saving measure come courtesy of the The Ford Transit Custom PHEV has been confirmed for production, after making its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover. The plug-in hybrid version of the UK’s best-selling van is largely unchanged from the prototype model that has been undergoing testing in London and Valencia, Spain. It features a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and a battery-powered COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 4 NEWS The big stories from the world of van fleets