Ford Transit PHEV van fleet to be tested in Cologne starting next spring

Ford Transit PHEV van fleet to be tested in Cologne starting next spring

US automaker Ford is all set to run a 12-month trial of Transit PHEV van fleet in Cologne, from next spring. For the test project, ten units of Transit PHEV vans will be provided by Ford in Cologne, for use by municipal enterprises based in the city.

The key objective behind the Ford Transit PHEV testing in Cologne will be to analyze the effectiveness of the use of hybrid vehicles in the city for achieving its pollution targets.

For the Ford Transit PHEV fleet trial in Cologne, five municipal enterprises in the city will integrate two units each of the PHEV vans. These enterprises include the AWB garbage company, the Airport Cologne/Bonn, and the RheinEnergie utility, the Cologne public transport company, and the port and freight transport company.

The Transit PHEV van fleet tests to be undertaken by Ford in Cologne will be similar to the fleet tests which the automaker is already conducting in London and Valencia. The project in London is testing the contribution of PHEV fleet in improving air quality, while the project in Valencia is testing how a PHEV fleet can “contribute to air pollution control from an economic point of view.”

The trials involving the use of Ford Transit PHEV van -- introduced at IAA Commercial Vehicles this year -- are noteworthy because Ford has plans underway to bring the PHEV van to the market in the second half of 2019.