Ford will reveal New Electric Van: Ford will announce its second all-electric van in the next month as part of a transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.
Official images of the new model have been shown, including its front light bar. It looks similar to the Ford Tourneo Custom which was partially revealed back in March.
The model will be fully unveiled by Ford at 9:00 am on Monday, 9 May. It will be joined by the Ford E-Transit which is the first-ever electric van from Ford and one of the four electric commercial vehicles that will be introduced in 2024.
The powertrain options for the new model are not yet known. However, entry-level E-Transit models run on a 68kWh battery and a 181bhp motor. The range-extending variants offer 265bhp or 318lb-ft. The E-Transit has a range of up to 196 miles and a maximum payload capacity of 1758kg.
Ford stated that the announcement would mark the next milestone on the road to zero-emission for all Ford vehicles sold in Europe, and carbon neutrality across [our] European footprint (facilities, logistics, and suppliers) by 2035.
Ford Pro, Ford’s commercial vehicle division, has developed the new electric van. This will be the first model to be unveiled since Ford split its electric passenger car business from its internal combustion engine division in an effort to boost investor interest.
The Ford Model E division is now responsible for developing the firm’s electric passenger vehicles and Ford Blue handles internal-combustion-engined ones.
Ford Tourneo CustomPHEV 2021: Long-term Review
Six Months of Ford Tourneo Life
On paper, a plug-in range extender for eight seats looks great. But what about the cold reality of using it for both work and rest? 17 November 2021
You’ll find almost as many outdoor types in the Ford Tourneo marketing material as tradespeople. Surfing. Camping. Rock climbing. Mountain biking. This van-based people carrier is capable of doing it all. Or at the very least get you to the beach/campsite/cliff/trail. After doing this for several months, I am inclined to agree.
Living with the Tourneo was a great way to test our ability to cope with four-wheel driving. My partner and I have taken it everywhere in the country. We’ve driven it from England to Scotland, to take on the North Coast 500. It would have almost certainly taken us to the Continent if there hadn’t been a pandemic. The eight-seat design meant that we could take our mates along with us, and not have to pack them in luggage.
Ford will reveal New Electric Van Next Month
The passenger seats can fold flat during the summer. This allows you to convert the rear cabin into a camp bed or sleep onboard. We also tried this trick in February, but it was not a good idea. The seats are heavy but the removal was easy and didn’t require any tools. You can pull the middle seat out of the back and slide in two bikes frames.
Even though the rear door was large, it served as a shelter from wet weather and an area to change between activities. These trips don’t require a lot of planning or packing. Ford has so many clever storage spaces that you can get on with your day without worrying about where everything should go.
It was wonderful to be able only to use electricity for short journeys. The Ford was quiet, smooth, and responsive to any level, even entry-level EV. It’s still a minibus. Its quiet running and its large dimensions always attracted attention – especially from VW campervan owners who I encountered with alarming regularity over the summer holidays.
It was refreshingly easy to drive, even though I was aware of the Tourneo’s weight. It felt Ford-like in its steering, which was light and accurate and rode well on most surfaces. Although it was not going to be able to compete with a Focus in driver appeal, it didn’t feel like a chore to drive.
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The driving position was comparable to a large SUV’s, and although you were more upright, the cabin felt very car-like. The fit and finish were up to Ford’s standards, and the infotainment system was easy to use. It was also compatible with my smartphone.
The lifestyle appeals to me, but the powertrain’s range-extension capabilities are not. Unfortunately, my daily driving was not conducive to eco-friendly driving.
Ford’s Ecoboost petrol engine of 1.0-litre might seem like a great choice for small cars such as the Focus and Fiesta, but here it is paired with over two tonnes of the van. It doesn’t drive the front axle and instead charges the battery.
Although fuel economy was not great during our time with it, longer trips on a depleted battery could lead to a drop in MPG and more frequent visits to the petrol station. It was forced to work overtime by moderate gradients, and the fan had to be cooled long after I finished my journey.
It was also difficult to charge EVs away from home. A limited maximum charging rate meant that there was a minimum of a two-and-a-half-hour wait at a public charge, which is rarely worth it for just 30 miles, assuming the weather is good.
The range was reduced by colder temperatures and a full load of passengers or luggage. A fully electric nine-seater vehicle like the Vauxhall Vivaro-e life can travel 150 miles on a single charge but can reach 80% in just half an hour using a 100kW rapid charger. If it meant fewer emissions, I would prefer to make frequent stops.
The government has made changes to the criteria for plug-in van grants. This means that the Tourneo doesn’t get any discount. This raises the question of why you would pay more for it than the EcoBlue diesel. My view is that there’s a very small market for people who think 30 miles of range is sufficient.
Diesel is often vilified, but it’s still the best option for driving large, heavy vehicles long distances.
The next-generation Transit Custom will likely switch to plug-in power in 2023, along with the platform-sharing Volkswagen Transporter. For now, however, anyone who is looking for a van that is both eco-friendly and lifestyle-friendly (but does not want to be tied to a charging socket), will likely want to wait.
According to Luc’s experience with the Tourneo, its range-extender powertrain appears to be best suited for a handful of use cases. A proper plug-in hybrid, one that has an engine that can drive wheels while running on ICE power for a lower economy, would offer the best of both worlds. However, it won’t be eligible for a plug-in van grant so customers will have to pay more when one arrives.
Driving position aside, the Tourneo gives off an impression of a large family vehicle.
Cavernous cabin There’s plenty of space for gear and luggage even with all the seats in place.
Silent running one would expect a bus this big to stop and go. It is a pleasant and relaxing ride.
Basic battery real-world EV range is only practical for short trips and not for the lifestyle trips that Ford’s brochure suggests.
Trickle charger Without easy access to a 3-pin socket, the inability to quickly charge limits its electric-only potential.
Final mileage 23664
Final fitting – 20th October 2021
As I will soon be returning the Tourneo, the rear seats were re-fitted. Although I will miss the option of having cavernous storage or eight-seat seating, my back will be grateful that I don’t have to carry the chairs around every time I swap. Extended EV use has pushed my average MPG into the mid-30s. Given how much I drive long distances, it’s not bad.
The 5th Month of Ford Tourneo Life
Our flexible friend already seems to have one long-term fleet-related award – 6th Oct 2021
I have been to the Isle of Arran. Six people, all with their camping gear, went up to the Isle of Arran for a week of sleeping on beaches. We also got a lot of rain.
To accommodate extra luggage, my girlfriend and me removed two seats from the Tourneo before we set off. This job is best done with two people unless you have a slipped disc. I don’t like having to do this after a week of rolling on a roll mat.
Passengers were happy to report that the rear seats are just as comfortable as the ones in front. They also recline slightly. Although it was easy to fit everyone’s stuff in the van, there were many things that had to be stacked and arranged, which led to some disorganized mess in the end.
Everyone enjoyed driving the bus, and it was easy to adjust the seat and steering wheel to suit different body sizes. Although many people noticed the quick energy regeneration when you lift off the throttle it is easy to get used to.
These trips, which involved constant in-and-out of the van, highlight the benefits of sliding doors and a higher roofline. You don’t have to bend under the low roof or around tight doors like hatchbacks. On a Citroen Berlingo long-termer, sliding doors proved difficult to close from the inside. But, with the Ford, it is no problem.
The many USB ports found throughout the interior of the van were also very useful. There was almost one for each passenger. This was great for keeping your phone charged. The ones at the back, however, were slow to charge and left your phone barely more charged than it was when you first started.
It would have been difficult to charge the van as we were always on the move, camping in remote areas, and visiting waterfalls. It is impossible to charge the van on the go if there isn’t a charger nearby.
This van is a wonderful asset for trips like these. It would be difficult to do the same thing again in a smaller, more comfortable van.
Slide inSide Doors makes it easy to access, no matter where you park.
Time to Charge A rapid-charging function could greatly increase the number of emission-free miles.
Not a tight fit. 15 September 2021
Two people, two mountain bikes, and two surfboards are what I am packing for a week in Wales. Climbing gear, cooking equipment, and a double mattress are also included. The adjustability of the seating means that I can fit everything in my bag without a roof rack or bike. After the Tourneo, I don’t think I will ever stop dreaming of owning a van. It makes outdoor pursuits so easy.
The fourth month of Ford Tourneo’s life
The range-extender MPV doesn’t always work, even on battery power. 25 August 2021
The Tourneo’s wheels are entirely powered by an electric motor. This means that it can make quite a noise at times. The radiator fan kicks in high to cool down the engine if it has been hard at work keeping the battery charged up (after a long drive on motorways, for example). The sound was almost like a leaf blower as I parked my car on my quiet residential street.
Wind and road noise is not a problem for me. However, they are both present in my van, but not at excessive levels. On bumpy roads near my home, however, the creaks, groans, and other sounds coming from the plastic trim of the interior are quite evident. It’s not clear where the noise is coming from so I don’t know if one trim or more are to blame. It is time to investigate.
It’s great to see more places adding EV charging points. This can usually charge the Tourneo’s battery within three hours, but it doesn’t have any rapid-charging capability. The Wave is my current favorite spot for surfing. It’s an inland spot that I can reach from home using only electric power. The Tourneo can be charged by plugging in, and I can catch more waves when I get too tired. It’s easy to store a full-length surfing board in the back of the cabin.
The range that I can get on a full charge is variable. The official range of the Tourneo is 33 miles. However, after topping up in a public parking lot, the dashboard showed only 27 miles. It was estimated to have covered 24 miles after being left plugged in overnight on a three-pin connector at home. It could be the weather or my driving style but you have to make an effort to reduce your dependence on the engine.
This is admittedly more difficult when you have a full group of passengers like I did a few weeks back. Six people and three dogs were with us on a family trip to Cheddar Gorge. The varied terrain made it difficult for the engine to return to its leaf-blowing glory.
My sister’s gigantic Golden Retriever had no trouble climbing up to the rear. It was easy to fold the seats down to make space for my brother’s giant Golden Retriever and his water bowl. No one complained about Ford’s legroom when it was fully loaded. That will be the case next week when I travel to Scotland on a vacation. It will be the farthest I have ever taken the Ford.
The tight squeeze – 11 Aug 2021
It’s easy for people to forget that the Tourneo van is so car-like to drive. It was 2.3m wide (mirrors up), making it difficult to get down narrow drives. After five minutes of cringing, I finally gave in and asked for a larger van owner to reverse the vehicle so that I could get through. I took a photograph of the SUV that made it through without a hitch.
We’re now learning the inside story after a few weeks.
After being driven to mid-Wales so many times, the Tourneo could easily make its way there by itself. It can easily swallow a whole peloton of mountain bikes if you fold a few seats.
You will notice that I did not say fold, but remove. It’s possible to remove any combination of rear seats. However, it can be difficult. Although the process is straightforward and does not require tools, each seat is extremely heavy.
Even with the sliding side doors, it is difficult to lift them without having to bend over and risk back pain. It was something I tried once when the Tourneo arrived. I quickly realized that I would not be doing it again. It’s easy to fold them and it still leaves plenty of space.
This is what I did last weekend for a camping trip along the south coast: With me and three others in the front row, we folded down all the seats to make room for a large tent and climbing gear. We also had plenty of luggage.
It arrived with me a little nervous that I might feel the effects of long-distance driving. However, no one complained after three hours. Although the driving position is somewhat vanlike, you are more elevated than in a seven-seat SUV. However, I am tall and have plenty of headspaces. Although it would be nice to have more reach on the steering wheel, that is a common feature in many cars I drive.
Everyone loved the large rear door opening upwards. It was an excellent shelter from the elements and served as a great place to put the tent. You will need to park your car in front of the shop if you wish to store your bags.
You can leave anything in your boot, even if you have tinted rear windows, but that doesn’t mean there is much privacy. To see the contents of the boot, you’d need to lift your nose to look through it. So anyone who has bad intentions should be suspicious. Although it is slightly larger than the average parking space, it can still fit in most multi-story carparks.
It feels quite protected from curbs because there is plenty of rubber around 16in alloys. However, it has been nerve-rackingly close recently to the height limit; 1.97m or 6.25ft has now been burned in my mind for future visits.
The 3rd Month of Ford Tourneo Life
Unexpected service stop – 7th July 2021
Our MPV wouldn’t select drive a few weeks back and displayed some hybrid system and gearbox error messages. After a while, it seemed to have sorted itself out by turning it off and back on again. But then it did it again. Ford requested that we visit the press garage. It seems that the module update received by Ford has resolved the problem.
Recent trips to London revealed the Tourneo’s ability to detect low-emission areas. The van automatically switches to EV driving mode when it approaches these areas, thanks to living geofencing technology. You can’t miss the display at the steering wheel when you drive near these areas.
My Ford Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid, the Ford Tourneo Custom, had an artificial sound generator. This is mandatory in order to warn pedestrians. It’s not very prominent, however, and I have only heard it inside the cabin.
A few of my colleagues saw it on a recent job and thought it was playing a tune. The pitch seems to change based upon speed and can be quite melodic. However, it is unlikely to convince nearby children that an ice cream van is coming.
It is a refreshing change from the traditional combustion engine. Although the Ecoboost 1.0-litre engine is quite quiet at city speeds (assuming it has to kick in at all), it can be very intrusive on the motorway. However, it doesn’t do well with hills. A recent weekend trip to South Wales for surfing and climbing saw me drive up a 25% gradient and the engine went crazy at high speeds. It was unpleasant to smell like burnt plastic afterward.
It is a great lifestyle van. However, it would benefit greatly from being on flatter roads.
Storage space is not a problem – 2 June 2021
A Tourneo will not let you go thirsty behind its wheel – there are plenty of clever cupholders and storage cubbies that can hold at least five bottles. The two hidden containers that are built into the dashboard’s top make me most happy. They allow you to store valuables and charge your dashcam thanks to the USB ports and 12v sockets.
Although I understand that the Tourneo’s range extender powertrain only uses an electric motor to drive its wheels, I am still amazed at how it pulls away from rest.
Many plug-in hybrids are so weak that the petrol engine almost always kicks into action to help with standing starts. However, this large, heavy people-mover can take care of it quietly.
Even though the battery is almost empty, the generator kicks in afterward. The generator works immediately and pulls away with no lag. This is a far better experience than you would expect for similar-sized vehicles.
Even if the car isn’t plugged into the mains, the energy regeneration keeps a small amount of charge. It also gains electric miles very quickly while you are driving downhills.
The 33-mile range of electric-only range can be lost with equal ease. At this point, you will need to charge your Type 2 charger for almost three hours or four times from a domestic three-pin socket.
This limits your ability to plug in while on the move, so the Tourneo is best suited for local trips. I was recently charged at a station where there was a 48-minute limit. I only got eight miles.
In a delightfully analog fashion, the Tourneo’s dependence on electricity is displayed all over its dashboard. A charge meter shows how much juice you have left or how much you need to recover when rolling down hills, coasting, slowing down, or speeding up. A battery meter is also available, which makes it possible to see if there’s any heat buildup.
The first month of life with a Ford Tourneo
Welcome to the Tourneo Custom fleet – 28/04/2021
You will see a Transit almost anywhere you go on UK motorways. It’s not surprising that the iconic Ford van has been the country’s favorite van for so long, it’s no surprise that its slogan is ‘Backbone of Britain.
Ford also offers a hybrid plugin to help drivers choose between range and payload. While Ford’s popularity is not a deterrent to the push for electrification, it does offer an electric Transit ( ) that will join the fleet in 2022. Is it possible to use something that is so useful for commuters in a load-lugger vehicle?
After receiving the Transit’s people-carrying sibling, we are determined to find out. Tourneo Custom has eight seats in a cargo area and sliding doors that open to reveal windows. However, the Transit formula is very similar. The powertrains are identical: a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, 124bhp electric drive, and a 13.6kWh lithium battery. It promises 33 miles of zero-emissions driving or a combined range of around 300 miles.
This sounds great for an executive shuttle that can turn off its engine when it is in clean air zones. The Tourneo Custom, however, is not a plug-in hybrid SUV. Its petrol engine does not power the wheels directly. This means that you will get the most efficiency when making shorter trips and charging frequently.
It will not be able to travel long distances as a main mode of transport for photographers. Over the next few months I will find out, and other members of the Autocar team have told me that mastering driving modes is key.
There are four modes for the Tourneo. The default is an automatic mode that balances engine use and battery power. You can make it run solely on electricity, or you can choose to prioritize the range-extender in order to keep your charge up. Or you can have the engine charge the battery while you drive to give you more juice to do EV driving. You can drive with only one pedal in the regenerative brake, but it’s much more jerky to use the higher setting.
My flat has on-street parking so I will charge at the public charging stations and whenever I’m able to visit the office. Our Tourneo does not support Type 2 AC charging. This means that there is a three-hour wait to get a full charge. The time for the domestic three-pin domestic cable will take five and a half hours.
It will be interesting seeing how fuel economy compares to what you would expect from a diesel counterpart, especially when the on-road price of the PHEV is a staggering PS62,000. The Volvo XC90 PHEV would not be significantly more costly, but a fully-equipped diesel Skoda Kodiaq will be around PS12,000 less, so the extra space will need to be able to pay its dues.
Given the amount of equipment I use to do my job, I don’t complain about that. Comparable to ICE-only versions of the Tourneo, the Tourneo’s battery drive doesn’t impede cabin space. There’s also plenty of luggage room behind the third row.
You can make it flexible with the runners that are hidden by the carpet. They can be clipped into various configurations, or removed completely if you have a place to store them. These are heavy, so I don’t expect to use them often.
Covid means that these seats won’t see a lot of use even when fitted. But, once life gets back to normal, I can envision this as an ideal people-mover.
Titanium trim is the only option for the Tourneo Custom PHEV. This adds plenty of car-like interior materials, as well as Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment systems. I am familiar with it, having used it extensively in my Ford Puma crossover.
The van comes with a very limited number of optional extras. It only has an upgraded ICE pack that adds a sat-nav, a few USB ports for charging devices, and optional Chrome Blue paint. Unfortunately, the PS300 option for a reversing camera didn’t make it.
What are your first impressions? It’s easy to forget that you are driving a van. The upright driving position and wind noise generated by the large door mirrors are obvious. The cabin has a lot of familiar Ford switchgear so it’s comfortable enough.
Although the motor isn’t particularly powerful, it produces a healthy 247 lb-ft torque which makes it feel faster off the line than I expected. It isn’t a strong driver, however, as it struggles to reach speed and then takes the economy.
Although I do not expect this to be an easy task, it is practical and efficient. I am already planning my first trip to the coast with two surfboards and my luggage.
It is surprising that the Tourneo PHEV has an electric-only range of only 33 miles. Ford could have squeezed in more than 13.6kWh with all the space between the axles. It will be fascinating to see how useful this EV capability is in everyday life.
Ford Tourneo Custom 2.0 EcoBoost PHEV Titanium specification
Prices: List Price New PS622,224 List Price Now PS621,114 Price As Tested PS636,610
Options: Chrome blue paint PS780, ICE Pack 24 PS606
Fuel consumption and range: Claimed economy 79.1mpg Fuel Tank 80 liters Test Average 24.4mpg Test Best 45.1mpg. Test Worst 19.5mpg. Real-world range 429 Miles
Tech highlights: 0-62mph engine not specified Top speed 75mph Transmission single-speed auto Boot capacity 1200-2410 Liters Wheels 17in, alloy Tyres 245/55 R17 Kerb weight 2354kg
Service and running costs: Service cost PS532.72 CO2 70g/km Contract hire rate PS532.72 Service costs None Other costs None Fuel costs PS4760.32 Running expenses inc fuel PS4760.32 Faults Hybrid system error Cost per mile 21 pence