Collaborative R&D Competitions

Ford – T-REX

Plug-in Police Vehicles

The Ford Transit developed through this project is currently undergoing trials in London with 20 vehicles at a number of service operators, including the Metropolitan Police & British Gas. This has enabled Ford to leverage learnings from its product engineering team as well as city authorities. The project has brought critical skills to the UK, despite competition from other international Ford R&D Centres.

Electrifying the Ford Transit

Project Highlights 

  • Development and manufacturing of a plug-in hybrid electric Ford Transit Custom Van
  • Real-world testing of 20 PHEV Transit vans in London
  • Project aims to evaluate the performance of hybrid commercial vehicles over a range of real-world inner-city operations
  • Features cutting-edge geo-fencing technology to autonomously switch to pure EV mode in zero emission zones
  • Collaboration with SMEs significantly reduced production time scale
  • £9.6 million total project value, receiving £4.8 million funding through the APC

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