Ford has announced that 151 of its Transit Custom PHEV vans are joining the fleet of media company Sky.
The vans will be used by Sky’s engineers, and have been ordered after the company took part in Ford’s real-world trials while the model was being developed.
The Transit Custom PHEV is said to have a zero-emission range of 35 miles while operating with a full load and carrying the ladders needed by Sky’s engineers for most installations.
The vans, which will be assigned to low-mileage engineers, have been specced with a geofencing feature that automatically switches the powertrain to electric mode when entering a low-emission zone, or any other area specified for zero-emission driving.
Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: “This is an exciting move towards our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030. The arrival of these Ford Transit Custom plug-In hybrid vans means we are cutting emissions today, while working towards finding 100% electric solutions for tomorrow.
“The great strength of our business is its ability to adapt to change, and responding to the growing climate emergency is no exception.
“We want to work with suppliers and the government to speed up the transition to net zero fleets and ensure we have a strong charging infrastructure across the country.”
Ford fleet director Neil Wilson said: “Our new plug-in Ford Transit Custom works for businesses driving in towns because its development included input and learnings from city-based fleets including Sky.
“They had one of the 20 prototypes Ford loaned to 17 London fleets in total, to understand real-world usage by collecting data on the test vans’ performance.
“I’m delighted that this early access impressed Sky enough for Ford to win this important and valued order.”