FORD REVEALS VERSATILE TOURNEO CUSTOM PEOPLE-MOVER WITH ZERO-EMISSION-CAPABLE PLUG-IN HYBRID POWERTRAIN
•Ford announces first-in-class Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid. Innovative people-mover designed to reduce local emissions; able to enter ultra-low-emission vehicle zones
•Plug-In Hybrid can be charged using mains electricity for targeted 31 mile zero-emissions range, or 310 mile range using 1.0-litre EcoBoost range extender
•Electrified powertrain requires no compromise to generous interior space. Versatile people-mover offers eight seats and unique-to-segment conference seating
•Customer deliveries of Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid to start in late 2019AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2, 2019 –
Ford today delivered the global public debut of the Tourneo Custom people-mover with an innovative new plug-in hybrid powertrain at a special 'Go Further' event in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Combining zero-emission driving capability and no range anxiety, the spacious eight-seat Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid will be available to European customers from late 2019.
The first-in-class Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid is among the first models unveiled as part of Ford's strategy to deliver one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers. The vehicle can be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission driving – contributing to reduced local emissions and allowing the eight-seat people-mover to enter the growing number of ultra-low-emission vehicle zones being introduced across Europe.
The Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid's front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor/generator, powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Ford's multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender, working alongside regenerative braking enabled by the motor/generator to recharge the battery. The advanced hybrid powertrain targets a zero-emission driving range of up to 31 miles or 310 miles using the range extender. *
Like the diesel powered Tourneo Custom, the Plug-In Hybrid model retains the unique-to-segment ability to arrange the two rear rows in conference format for outstanding access and enhanced interaction between passengers – or in two rows of three seats facing forward.
'Úniquely innovative and flexible, the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid can adapt to an unparalleled variety of use cases, giving owners and operators the advantage of being able to drive in ultra-low-emissions zones and still cover the same ground between battery charges as a traditionally-powered people-mover,' said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. 'Whether delivering executive shuttle services or ferrying large families, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid will offer comfort and refinement while also contributing to improved local air quality in busy urban environments.'
Following the launch of the new Tourneo Custom at the start of 2018 – with an all-new premium interior and stylish new front-end design – Ford sold 17,100 Tourneo Custom people-movers during the year across Europe, a 28 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
Zero emissions. Zero range anxiety
The new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid uses a series-hybrid driveline configuration in which the front wheels are driven by an electric motor, rather than by the combustion engine. The compact, liquid-cooled battery pack is located under the floor of the passenger compartment, and is carefully positioned to preserve the generous interior space offered by the 2.0-litre EcoBlue-powered Tourneo Custom.
Four selectable EV modes enable the driver to choose how and when to use the available battery charge:
•EV Auto is intended to provide the optimum blend of performance and efficiency. The vehicle's control algorithms monitor battery energy levels and the current driving scenario – such as whether motorway or stop-start driving – to decide whether to activate the range extender
•EV Now prioritises usage of stored battery energy, deactivating the range extender until battery levels reach a minimum state of charge for emissions-free driving
•EV Later prioritises the range extender and leverages regenerative charging to most efficiently maintain the current level of battery charge, ready for later use
•EV Charge utilises the range extender to top up the battery for when further EV Now travel is needed
Úsing a charging port located within the front bumper, the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged using a domestic 240-volt 10-amp power supply to achieve full charge in less than six hours, or using a commercial 240-volt 16-amp or 32-amp supply to achieve full charge in three hours.
Drivers can also choose the degree of energy recovery and braking assistance afforded by the regenerative charging system by selecting either Drive or Low on the gear selector.
Releasing the accelerator pedal in Low-mode increases the vehicle's programmed deceleration, automatically illuminating the brake lights when necessary to warn drivers behind. The greater deceleration increases the amount of kinetic energy recovered and stored in the battery, extending potential electric range.
Inside the cabin, a power/charge gauge replaces the standard rev counter, and a smaller gauge for battery state of charge replaces the engine coolant temperature indicator. Trip computer functions are configured specifically for the hybrid powertrain. EV mode indicators, maintenance alerts and a warning when the vehicle is plugged into a charging point, appear on the instrument display cluster. A status graphic displaying distance-to-empty for both the battery and range extender is visible on all screen displays.Luxury, refinement and connectivity
Available in upscale Titanium specification, the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid has been engineered to provide superior levels of refinement and comfort. Premium standard equipment includes Ford's voice-activated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, featuring an eight-inch colour touchscreen that can be controlled with pinch and swipe gestures, and delivering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility free of charge.
Standard FordPass Connect on-board modem technology enables each occupant to benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity with the ability to support up to 10 devices. A range of features can be accessed via the FordPass mobile app to make the vehicle ownership and operating experience easier and more productive, including Vehicle Status, Vehicle Locator and Remote lock/unlock.
Active Park Assist is also offered, which helps steer the vehicle into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, while the driver controls acceleration and braking.
Ford continues to explore the positive effects that the use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can have on cities, by running customer trials with prototype vehicles in London, to be followed by Cologne, Germany and Valencia, Spain later in 2019.
The company earlier this year announced that every Ford nameplate from the all-new Focus onwards will include an electrified option. This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered.Source - Ford
FORD REVEALS ELECTRIFYING, BETTER-CONNECTED FUTURE FOR CV RANGE AT 'GO FURTHER'
•New electrified vehicles, innovative connected solutions and strategic partnerships to boost productivity and choice for Ford commercial vehicle customers in Europe
•New all-electric Ford Transit van anticipated to launch in 2021. Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid people-mover targeting 31 mile pure-electric range to be introduced this year
•New usage-based maintenance initiative targeting 100 per cent uptime for customers, and FordPass Pro app to support smaller businesses, enabled by FordPass Connect modem
•Expanded specialist vehicle conversion programme and Transit Centre network to help optimise vehicle choice and maximise uptime for commercial vehicle customersAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2, 2019 –
New electrified vehicles, connected services and strategic partnerships will help Ford to deliver greater productivity for commercial vehicle customers across Europe, the company today revealed at a special 'Go Further' experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Outlining the commercial vehicle solutions that will begin supporting European businesses in some cases from later this year, Ford today:
•Announced a new all-electric Ford Transit van anticipated for volume launch in 2021*
•Únveiled a new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid eight-seat people mover that will be available to European customers from late 2019
•Announced a new initiative targeting 100 per cent uptime for commercial vehicle operators via a usage-based maintenance system supported by real-time data
•Previewed the new FordPass Pro app, specifically designed to support smaller firms and owner drivers to maximise their productivity, to be launched later this year
•Announced an expanded Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme for commercial vehicle converters, now with 100 accredited partners in Europe, and a plan to double the number by 2020.
'Commercial customers need smarter, more integrated solutions, built around a connected business environment,' said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. 'Ford provides tough, flexible vehicles with a choice of fuel-efficient and electrified powertrains, and Ford's inbuilt modem is a game-changer, enabling smart commercial vehicle solutions to help customers to manage their fleets – so they can get on with their business.'
Electrifying commercial vehicles
Ford was Britain's number one commercial vehicle brand for the 53rd consecutive year in 2018, based on full year sales, and the number one commercial vehicle brand in Europe for four years, consecutively, in its 20 European markets. Last year saw Ford's best commercial vehicle sales volume in 25 years, selling 380,900 commercial vehicles in its European 20 markets, up more than eight per cent compared with 2017, and a record-breaking 126,000 sales in the ÚK alone.
An innovative line-up of Ford electrified commercial vehicles will offer a comprehensive choice of powertrain solutions to suit a full range of different customer usage cases.
Previewed by a working prototype vehicle at the 'Go Further' event, the new all-electric Transit will enter production in 2021, contributing to cleaner, quieter towns and cities, and reduced running costs for commercial vehicle users.
Designed to address the needs of urban operators for a practical and versatile load-carrier with zero-emission driving capability, the all-electric Transit will be available in multiple body styles, with a competitive payload and built-in connectivity, delivering full Transit capability and durability. The electric powertrain is being engineered to provide a practical daily driving range for city-based businesses, to be maintained in all weather conditions and throughout the working life of the vehicle.
Already today, through its joint project with StreetScooter, Ford is providing an all-electric solution targeted at the last-mile delivery sector. The Transit-based StreetScooter WORK XL, assembled at the Ford plant in Cologne, Germany, features an all-electric powertrain and is currently in service with Deutsche Post DHL in Germany. Later this year, WORK XL vehicles will begin pilots with a range of other businesses in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
For operators that need to travel in and out of low-emission zones in urban areas, Ford's Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid van offers zero-emission driving capability with no range anxiety. Ford is the first volume manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid technology in the one-tonne van segment, and the new model will go on sale in late 2019.
The Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid's front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor/generator, powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with Ford's multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acting as a range extender. The advanced hybrid powertrain targets a zero-emission driving range of up to 31 miles or 310 miles using the range extender.
To better understand the benefits for the environment and for customers, the vehicle is currently being trialled in London, with further trials soon to begin in Valencia, Spain, and Cologne, Germany.
Ford announced at 'Go Further' that this vehicle will be joined by new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid. The eight-seater people mover's unique-to-segment ability to arrange the two rear rows in conference format for outstanding access and enhanced interaction between passengers – or in two rows of three seats facing forward – makes the vehicle perfectly suited to executive shuttle services.
For businesses operating in stop-start urban or suburban conditions, 48-volt mild hybrid technology offers the capability to enhance productivity with a low-investment electrified vehicle. Ford's segment-first EcoBlue Hybrid powertrains are available in the Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models from mid-2019, delivering reduced running costs for operators.
EcoBlue Hybrid technology delivers a fuel-efficiency improvement of around three per cent compared with the equivalent 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel model, based on WLTP analysis. Increased benefits of up to eight per cent can be achieved in applications featuring a high proportion of stop-start driving, for example during urban delivery operations.
'Ford's nuanced powertrain strategy is designed to help our commercial vehicle customers find the right electrified solution to suit their business needs,' said Helmut Reder, vehicle line director, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.Connectivity-enabled solutions
Based on the latest generation of connected products featuring the FordPass Connect on-board modem technology – from the Fiesta Van to the Transit – Ford is developing a range of integrated commercial vehicle solutions to enable customers to manage their vehicles more easily and conveniently, and to optimise their productivity.
Ford announced at 'Go Further' that it is developing an innovative and predictive usage-based maintenance solution with the aim of delivering 100 per cent uptime for vehicles. The first stages of this service will be launched later in 2019.
Promising to revolutionise the way commercial vehicle customers think about servicing, the new solution will enable maintenance to be tailored for each vehicle, rather than being determined by fixed service intervals. Sensors on key systems provide real-time data, so service attention is only given when required, and action is taken before problems become serious enough to cause a failure.
Úsing a convenient app, business owners can check on the status of every individual vehicle, and drivers can see live and predicted vehicle health data. Servicing and maintenance work that might normally be carried out in separate visits can be intelligently bundled together, minimising time off-road.
For larger operators, the Ford Telematics product being introduced this year provides fleet managers with key decision-making data to optimise business performance.
Providing real-time manufacturer-grade information sourced directly from the connected Ford vehicles in the fleet, routed through Ford's Transportation Mobility Cloud, Ford Telematics enables managers to view data about the health, efficiency, productivity and safety of each vehicle using a desktop application, and quickly assess where action needs to be taken.
Also first announced last year, Ford Data Services provides large fleets with the opportunity to receive a tailored package of data from their vehicles via the Cloud and integrate it seamlessly into their own systems.
Ford is focusing just as hard on the needs of small businesses and owner-drivers. The FordPass app is already being relied upon by vehicle owners, and provides a range of practical features to enhance convenience, security and efficiency. This includes new features tailored to business users, such as a parking feature that allows you to filter parking locations based on the height of your van.
Later this year Ford is launching the all-new FordPass Pro app, specially targeted to small business owners who have between one and five vehicles. This no-nonsense smartphone app will provide owners with the information and tools they need to ensure their vehicles are ready for work.Strategic alliances for the future
A crucial element in Ford's commercial vehicle leadership is leveraging the value of strategic partnerships and alliances – underpinning key areas ranging from vehicle conversions to product development, and including the long-standing joint venture with Ford Otosan in Turkey, where most of the Transit family of products is produced.
The company's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme has now been expanded to 100 QVM-accredited converters in Europe, and Ford aims to double this number by 2020. Every QVM partner has unique access to manufacturer-grade vehicle information, and Ford works closely with the partners to deliver more flexible products, such as the low-height Transit Skeletal chassis launched in 2018.
Ford's popular 'one-stop shop' initiative for customers who want the convenience of ordering converted vehicles through the Ford showroom, is being expanded. By the end of 2020, 40 conversions from QVM partners will be available directly from Transit Centres – ranging from tippers to refrigerated vans.
Ford's European network of Transit Centres plays a critical role in supporting customers in each phase of vehicle ownership, from identifying the optimum choice of vehicle and powertrain, to maximising vehicle uptime.
The 950 Transit Centres – up from 750 in 2014 – offer a package of support based on the Transit24 service promise, which encompasses services like prioritised urgent repairs, while-you-wait servicing, extended opening hours and expedited parts delivery. New initiatives include the availability of mobile servicing vans and a downtime management tool, both focused on optimising customer productivity.
In January, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG announced the first formal agreements in a broad alliance. Through the alliance, Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pick-ups for both companies which are expected to go to market as early as 2022; Ford intends to engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers and Volkswagen intends to develop and build a city van.Source - Ford