Ford has released pricing and spec details for its first petrol-electric model on sale: the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid.
The commercial van will start from £39,145 (excluding VAT) in Leader trim, rising to £42,950 in Limited spec. It's the first van in its segment to offer a petrol-electric powertrain.
In contrast to the rest of the Transit's diesel-heavy range, the plug-in hybrid makes use of a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It's classed as a range extender, though, because the engine doesn't drive the wheels; instead, a 123bhp electric motor powers the front axle and the engine charges the 13.6kWh battery pack when required.
The van also features regenerative charging under coasting and braking, managing a claimed 35-mile electric-only range. The result is a total driving range said to exceed 310 miles, with claimed economy of 91.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 60g/km.
Crucially, the Transit's net payload of 1130kg and load volume of 6.0m3 are unchanged. Ford also offers an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty for the battery, aimed at giving business customers extra confidence.