The next generation of Ford’s Transit Custom van will include a full battery electric (BEV) model, along with mild-hybrid, PHEV plug-in hybrid and diesel versions. All will be built at the firm’s Kocaeli plant in Turkey, home to current Transit production.
The site will also assemble the next generation Volkswagen 1-tonne van, as part of the Ford-Volkswagen Alliance deal between the two manufacturers. In exchange, the two companies have confirmed that VW will build a Caddy-based city van for Ford at its plant in Poland from 2022, to replace the current Transit Connect.
Ford said in February that its entire commercial vehicle range will be zero-emissions capable, through all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024, with two thirds of sales expected to be all-electric or PHEV by 2030.
“The next generation Transit Custom range, including all-electric versions, will strengthen Ford’s position as Europe’s number one commercial vehicle brand,” said Stuart Rowley, president of Ford of Europe.
“Our Kocaeli plants will be transformed into Turkey’s first and only integrated production centre for the assembly of electric vehicles and batteries.”