Ford Transit Custom Lineup Debuts With EV, PHEV And Diesel Versions

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The Ford E-Transit Custom electric commercial van was one of many updates to this nameplate on display at the IAA Transportation Motorshow in Hannover, Germany. There’s also new info on plug-in hybrids and diesel power plants.

The E-Transit Custom is available with two powertrains. The standard version has 135 horsepower (100 kilowatts), and there is a more powerful variant that produces 217 hp (160 kW). Both setups offer 306 pound-feet (415 Newton-meters).

The van’s battery has a 74-kilowatt-hour capacity to provide up to 236 miles (380 kilometers) on a charge in the WLTP test. This package supports DC fast charging up to 125 kilowatts. The system can also deliver 2.3 kW of electricity to other equipment or devices that require power.

E-Transit Custom is available with two lengths and two roof heights. It provides between 205 cubic feet and 317.8 cubic feet (5.8 cubic meters and 9 cubic meters) of load volume. Depending on configuration, the van has a payload capacity of up to 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms), and can tow up to 4,409 pounds (2,000 kilograms).

The new Transit Custom plug-in hybrid combines a 2.5 liter petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle and a battery with a usable capacity of 11.8 kWh. Like the fully electric model, this system can provide 2.3 kW to power electrical items. The system’s estimated pure electric driving range is 35.42 miles (57 kilometers).

If the customer prefers to have the Transit Custom with only a traditional diesel engine, there are four outputs available. Buyers can choose a version with 109 hp (81 kW), 134 hp (100 kW), 148 hp (110 kW) or 168 hp (125 kW).

There are several drivetrain configurations with diesel as well. The six-speed manual has an optional mechanical limited-slip differential. There’s also an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is another option.

The new Transit Custom with diesel power generation starts shipping in mid-2023. The EV joins the ranks of the fall. Assembly of all variants of the van is carried out at the Ford Otosan facility in Kocaeli, Turkey.

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