30 Jan 24

Ford Transit Connect: PHEV as USP

Ford Transit Connect

Ford Pro has unveiled the latest addition to its Transit family in Europe, the all-new Transit Connect, including a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. This compact van offers a substantial electric range of up to 110 km and comes equipped with DC fast charging capabilities to reduce downtime.

Basically, the Transit Connect is Ford Pro’s iteration of the Volkswagen Caddy Cargo. Both automakers cooperate in the field of light commercial vehicles. Set to hit the market in spring 2024, the Transit Connect stands out in its PHEV version, which Volkswagen - nor the competition for that matter - has on offer. An all-electric version is not planned.

The PHEV combines a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with an electric motor, delivering a powerful performance of 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It also features three drive modes: EV Now, EV Auto, and EV Later, for optimal energy use. Quick charging the battery is possible at 11 kW (AC) and, exceptionally, up to 50 kW (DC) for reducing waiting times during longer journeys.

Flexible second row

Apart from the PHEV, customers can still opt for a 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine with two power outputs, with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system available on the 122 PS engine. Fuel efficiency is as low as 4.8 l/100 km. As ICE, the long-wheelbase version offers an impressive cargo volume of 3.7m³ and a maximum payload of 820 kg.

Finally, Ford Pro is also focused on reducing ownership costs and maximising uptime. This includes maintenance support like Mobile Servicing and a network of over 200 European partners for specialised conversions. The Transit Connect is also compatible with the automaker’s telematics platform and features in some markets a version with a flexible second row, to switch between goods and people transport.

If you want to learn about the ins and outs of commercial fleets, there’s still time to register for our LCV Expert Day in Brussels at the 13th of March. You can register here.

Image Source: Ford Pro

Authored by: Piet Andries