3.8.2020Ford launches geofence technology on Transit PHEV
Ford has added geofence technology to its Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid, enabling the LCV to switch into electric-only mode within urban areas.
The option is set to become increasingly useful in coming years, as low emission zones get rolled out across a number of UK towns and cities.
This will see the van automatically switch to electric power alone - where there is charge remaining to do so - to ensure the Transit Custom PHEV meets regulations to enter certain areas, either at all, or avoiding charges.
The geofencing technology can also be customised to allow vehicle operators to create 'green zones' of their own, such as near schools & parks, or near depots.
Using live location data, the Ford will recognise when it is reaching a green zone - either official or created - to help reduce emissions. It's powered by a 1.0 litre petrol engine, with an electric motor and 13.6 kWh battery for 31 miles of electric driving on a charge.
The geofencing module has been introduced for new models, and will be available later this year for existing models to have it retro-fitted.