Ford Transit PHEV Review

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The van which is called “The backbone of Britain” has finally gone electric. It’s impressive too, but check if a full EV would suit your business better.



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  • Battery size: 13.6 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 70 g/km
  • Range: 26 miles (electric only)
  • Fuel economy: 91.7 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by・ Published: 13/08/2020・Updated: 15/06/2022

Ginny Says

“The Transit going electric is big news and the PHEV looks suitably impressive. But at the moment it's a costly option which will only make financial sense for a pretty narrow selection of businesses who need to travel long distances and drive in low emission zones.”

Nicki Says

“I know it's expensive but the Transit PHEV has some lovely engineering to make the lives of city dwellers better. My favourite bit is the geofencing, which switches from petrol to electric automatically when you enter a city by using GPS locators.”

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Ford Transit PHEV

Got questions? We've put together the most frequently-asked topics below. If there's something we haven't answered here or in the review, then let us know on our contact page.  

Can you plug the Transit hybrid in?

Yes, the Transit is a PHEV and is designed to be plugged in so it can drive on electric power only. In good conditions it will do 27 miles on a charge which takes 2-4 hours.

Is the Transit PHEV better than a diesel?

It’s certainly nicer to drive, but whether it makes financial sense will depend on how and where you drive it. It is likely to be most beneficial for drivers who need to drive in London frequently.

What sort of engine does the Transit PHEV use?

It uses a three-cylinder, 1-litre petrol which generates electricity for an electric motor. The petrol engine isn’t actually linked to the wheels at all.

Can you tow with a Transit PHEV?

No – it’s not rated for towing at all, unlike the pure electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e and the van version of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Can you get the Transit PHEV in different body styles?

It is only currently available with the smaller, low-roof and short wheelbase Custom body. But crew vans and the Tourneo people-carrier are available options. 

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