Ford Transit Customized PHEV: long-term evaluate
The brief journeys that the Transit Customized PHEV has been doing are hiding the shortcomings of its poor cold-weather battery vary. Hotter temperatures are already bettering this, nevertheless it’ll be fascinating to see what occurs as soon as lockdown eases and we are able to enterprise farther afield.
- Mileage: 4,792
- Financial system: 66.3mpg
On paper, it appeared like a very good plan. We examined a Ford Tourneo Customized PHEV, the petrol-electric people-carrying variant of the big-selling Transit Customized van some time again. It was advantageous as passenger transport, however because of our temporary time with it, we didn’t use its plug-in hybrid drive system correctly, and recorded some disappointing gas economic system figures in consequence. So, we made a name to Ford, asking if we may run a PHEV for an extended interval, in order that we may use the hybrid system as meant and get some extra practical economic system figures.
Ford obliged, and the Transit Customized PHEV you see right here arrived the week earlier than Christmas. So, with the journey pc zeroed and two charging leads at our disposal, we began life with the plug-in van.
In addition to the usual Sort 2 cable that’s wanted to plug the Transit Customized in, Ford additionally equipped us with a lead that permits us to cost the van from a three-pin plug socket (chez Gibson has but to improve to a house wallbox). So it’s been my mantra to plug
the van in each time it’s parked.
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Nonetheless, whereas I’ve been charging the van religiously, we’ve been having points with its all-electric driving vary, which has been nowhere close to the 35 miles claimed within the Transit Customized brochure. There’s no drawback with the van, although, it’s the climate that’s the perpetrator.
Lithium-ion batteries don’t like freezing temperatures, so by way of all of January and February (and with out the posh of battery preheating on provide), the chilly climate has meant the Transit Customized PHEV has solely been in a position to provide a variety of round 15 miles from the absolutely charged battery.
Lockdown 3 implies that this hasn’t been an excessive amount of of a difficulty, as a result of purchasing journeys have been effectively inside the van’s electrical vary. However enterprise even a bit of additional afield, and the engine (which acts as a generator for the electrical motor, and isn’t related to the wheels) cuts in with its three-cylinder drone. Consequently, the journey pc – which began at 99.9mpg, because of electrical working over Christmas – fell to 66.3mpg even after a number of brief journeys in January. That’s nonetheless higher than a diesel Transit Customized by about 25mpg, although.
We’ve already seen the advantages of hotter temperatures, with 23 miles on provide from a full cost now that the thermometer has crept again into the kids. This longer electrical vary means extra environment friendly working must be attainable, a minimum of till lockdown ends, after which there are prone to be extra longer journeys on the playing cards.
Whereas gas economic system hasn’t fairly been as much as scratch, the remainder of the Transit Customized resides as much as the Finest Van title it gained at 2020’s New Automotive Awards, with nice tech on board and that huge load bay to play with.
|Mannequin:||Ford Transit Customized PHEV Restricted|
|On fleet since:||Dec-20|
|Engine:||1.0-litre 3cyl plus e-motor, 124bhp|
|Choices:||Metallic paint (£780), Enhanced Park Help (£360), Visibility, Pack – Premium (£660)|
|Insurance coverage*:||Group: 39|
|Any issues?||None up to now|