Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid specs and prices

Ford delivers low-emission, plug-in hybrid Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models primed and ready to get to work. Specs and more below...

James Wilson
Nov 18, 2019

Ford has revealed plug-in hybrid variants of the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom minibus. Both vehicles are available to order now with deliveries starting before 2019 is finished. Prices are expected to start from £39,145 (plus VAT) for the Transit Custom plug-in, while prices for the Tourneo Custom are as yet unconfirmed.

Both models are claimed to come with more than 30-miles of all-electric range, meaning that those who do lots of miles around town should be able to much of their driving with zero emissions, provided they plug in the vehicle regularly.

Quick facts

  • Transit Custom prices from £39,145
  • Over 30-mile electric range for both models
  • Tourneo Custom can top 79mpg
  • Transit Customs offers 1,130kg payload
  • Tourneo Custom can carry up to 2,100 litres
  • Transit Custom deliveries before end of 2019

Traditionally, commercial vehicles such as vans have been powered by diesel engines - as these offer plenty of low engine speed muscle for lugging heavy loads - but the problem here is that diesel is falling out of favour in densely populated urban areas, largely due to concerns over diesel emissions. How then, can delivery companies continue to use polluting vans? The answer is hybridisation.

Ford is hoping to tap into the growing market of eco-conscious delivery vehicles with the plug-in hybrid Transit Custom. What’s more, taxis have also been powered by diesel traditionally. This is where the plug-in hybrid Tourneo Custom comes in with space for eight people (including driver). So Ford is targetting its new plug-in hybrid Transit and Tourneo duo at business looking to transport goods and or people and taxi drivers after a large but low-emission vehicle.


Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid body styles

Vehicles badged Transit Custom or Tourneo Custom look very similar because they are. The main difference is that the Transit Custom is aimed at commercial users – think builders and those who need to shuffle stock/people around – while the Tourneo is more upmarket, targetting taxi drivers and large families alike.

In plug-in guise the Tourneo Custom is offered solely as an eight-seater, however, the Transit Custom is available in either van or “Kombi” form – the latter being a minibus like the Tourneo Custom but capable of transporting up to nine people (including the driver).

Both van and Kombi plug-in Transit Custom models will only come in 'L1 H1' size. Translated from Ford-speak to English this means short wheelbase, low roof - so smaller than the other Transit/Kombi versions.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid models and specs

Ford is offering the Tourneo Custom in Titanium trim only. Titanium is a relatively high-grade trim within the Ford universe, bringing equipment such as a touchscreen media system (which is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible), air-conditioning (in both the front and rear cabin areas), cruise control, automatic headlights and automatic wipers.

As for the Transit Custom van, Ford is offering three trim levels: Base, Trend and Limited. Starting with Base, cabin air-conditioning and a heated front windscreen will come as standard. The remainder of entry-level equipment is expected to mirror that of the non-hybrid model.

This means niceties such as load space lighting, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel and electric front windows should be expected. Moving up the trim levels to Trend specification, buyers will be treated to digital radio, Bluetooth, electric door mirrors and a body-coloured front bumper.

At the top of the plug-in hybrid Transit Custom tree, is Limited spec. Here, Ford will include range-topping equipment such as 16-inch alloy wheels, a body-coloured rear bumper, its SYNC 3 media system and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid prices

Prices for Transit Custom models start at £39,145 for Base trim, £40,595 for Trend and £42,950 for Limited – although VAT is excluded from all these prices, as is typical for commercial vehicles.

As mentioned above, prices for Tourneo Custom models are yet to be confirmed. However, the standard diesel Titanium model starts at around £41,000. With that in mind and the fact that even the most basic Transit Custom starts above this (when you take into account VAT), buyers can expect to pay a premium over the diesel Tourneo models.

Order books are open for all models now and Ford has confirmed that deliveries of Transit Custom plug-in hybrids will start before the end of 2019, though as yet there has been no confirmation as to whether this is true of Tourneo Custom models also.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid economy and performance

In the case of Transit and Tourneo Custom models, Ford is using a range-extender hybrid set-up. This means the engine doesn’t power the wheels directly, rather it charges a battery pack which then powers an electric motor which then turns the wheels.

The range-extender engine is a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol – ‘EcoBoost’ being Ford’s name for its current generation of small but powerful turbocharged engines. When installed in Transit Custom models, the hybrid system (range extender, electric motor and battery pack) result in a claimed economy figure of 91.7mpg and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 60g/km.

For the Tourneo Custom minibus, these figures sit at 79.1mpg and 70 g/km of CO2. Power output for all models is expected to be 125hp, however, torque - low engine-speed muscle - output remains unknown.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid: electric range and charge times

When it comes to all-electric range there is a slight difference between the models available. Tourneo Custom variants boast an all-electric range of up to 33 miles, whereas Transit Custom models come with a marginally better range of up to 35 miles.

For both, Ford claims the additional mileage its range-extender provides means all models can travel up to 310 miles following a full charge and petrol top up. The use of the phrase 'up to' is purposefully employed here, as realistically drivers will experience lesser range in the real world, variables like the amount of heavy stuff you're carrying in the back will have a big impact on range too.

As for charging times, Ford claims all models can be fully charged from empty in around four hours and 20 minutes using a standard UK household plug. Naturally, this can be reduced by using a compatible charger with a higher power output.

All models use a 92.6kW (123hp) electric motor to drive the front wheels, which gets its power from a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Said battery pack is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid dimensions and towing capacity

These plug-in models measure in at 4,973mm long, 2,272mm wide (including door mirrors) and no more than 2,020mm high. As for seating, Transit Custom models come with three, six or nine seats – depending on specification. Plug-in Tourneo Custom models come solely as an eight-seater.

In van form, the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid has a net payload of 1,130kg and 6,000 litres (6m3) of cargo space. Ford has yet to confirm load space for Kombi variants, however, if cargo area remains unchanged (as is the case with the van version) that should mean there is 3,100 litres (3.1m3) in six-seater models and 1,300 litres (1.3m3) in nine-seater models.

As for Tourneo Custom models, there is 1,300 litres (1.3m3) of cargo space with all seats up. This increases to 2,100 litres when the rearmost seats are folded down. Ford has as of yet not confirmed a towing capacity for plug-in Transit and Tourneo Custom models.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid technology

Big news for all plug-in Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models is the inclusion of 'geofencing' from spring 2020. Geofencing allows a car’s location to determine where its power comes from – i.e. in enforced low-emission zones it can ensure only battery power is used.

The idea is geofencing will allow hybrid drivers to communicate with the authorities to show that they are using battery power alone and therefore avoid any penalties imposed on those driving using diesel or petrol. For those who purchase their vehicle prior to spring 2020, Ford has stated that the technology will be capable of being retrofitted.

Further to this, Ford has included four EV (electric vehicle) driving modes which control whether the battery is solely being used or whether the range extender is also running at that point. The modes are: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge – all are fairly say-it-as-you-see-it.

EV Auto lets the car decide which what is most efficient at any one time, EV Now deactivates the range extender for as long as possible using solely electric power under the batteries run out, EV Later is the reverse and EV Charge focuses on charging the battery in anticipation of needing as much EV Now driving as possible further down the road.

Much like other electric vehicles, there is also the option of increasing the rate of regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator pedal. This can, under the right circumstances result in drivers having to rarely touch the brake pedal, as the car slows quickly when lifting off the throttle, adding charge back to the batteries.

Ford is providing its FordPass technology, which revolves around a smartphone application and onboard modem. The app, amongst other things, allows motorists to monitor their vehicle’s state of charge. From 2020, fleet managers (albeit a small fleet) will be able to monitor up to five vehicles at one time. Similarly, other telematics information relating to the driving habits of the van will be available to view also.

Ford is also offering an optional 12-volt Epower pack which uses the onboard lithium-ion battery pack to power tools and other site equipment. Ford claims this can provide up to 6kW of power.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid safety

Ford is yet to confirm the exact safety equipment included for each trim level, however, based on that which is available with diesel-powered models, buyers can expect anti-lock brakes, airbags and a number of Isofix points (depending on the number of seats specified). On top of this, more modern technology such as parking assist and lane-keeping assist is also on offer.

Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid design

Differences between the exterior and interior of Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid models and non-hybrid models are best described as subtle. Outside, the only thing anyone will notice different is a new flap in the front bumper, which is where the charging cable plugs in.

Inside, there are a few different gauges. Such as the traditional rev counter being replaced by a power gauge and the engine temperature dial being ousted for a state of charge dial.


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