BEV and Diesel Star in Latest Compact Ford LCV

While an all-electric version of Ford’s latest generation compact Transit Custom LCV grabs the headlines, the automaker is also releasing a new ICE diesel variant too.

Also, in a bid to cover off all potential customer demands at least in the short to medium, Ford will be also offering the choice of plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and other conventional engine variants. The new Custom range, including the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover, goes into production in the first half of 2023, with all-electric versions of both models part of the powertrain range offered to European customers. All versions of the range will be built by Ford Otosan in Kocaeli, Turkey, the home of the Ford Transit range.

At the same time, the automaker announced the LCV’s new diesel engines will be made at it UK engine plant in Dagenham east of London. The announcement, with its anticipated incremental engine volumes, helps to safeguard jobs at the plant. By 2025, it is expected that up to 60% of the plant’s entire diesel engine volume will be destined just for the 1-tonne commercial vehicles being built by Ford Otosan.

While Ford expects around two-thirds of its commercial vehicle sales in Europe to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030, it says diesel will continue play an important role in commercial vehicle applications in the years ahead, especially as total volumes of Ford Transit and Transit Custom range sales are expected to grow in the wake of increased online shopping home deliveries.

Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe, said: “Transit Custom is the jewel in our commercial vehicle crown and key in our drive to grow our commercial vehicle business as we continue to create a sustainable, profitable Ford business in Europe rooted in an electrified future.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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