Ford to launch full-scale trial for cleaner air in London
Beginning this autumn, Ford will deploy 20 Transit Custom PHEV in London for a full-scale 12-month trial as part of a project destined to improve the capital’s air quality. Even if London was one of the first capitals in Europe to implement a congestion charge to reduce traffic in the inner city, commercial vehicles still represents about 280.000 trips and some 13 million km every day. Vans account for 75% of inner city commercial traffic with more than 7.000 vehicles at rush hour.
“The freight sector’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles in central to cleaning up London’s toxic air”, said Sadiq Khan, mayor of London. “Transport for London (TfL) which is responsible for traffic and public transport in greater London, continues to lead by example by increasing the number of its own vehicles that are electric”.
The 20 Ford plug-in hybrid vans will be provided to a range of commercial fleets across London including Transport for London’s. They will be equipped with telematics monitoring their journey and gathering data on financial, operational and environmental performances. This data will then be used to better understand the use of electric vehicles and help to optimize it.