April 25, 2017 at 12:32 PM
The idea is to test their impact on emissions and monitor their performance in urban conditions, the toughest environment by far.
The van, still in development, should have a range of 31 miles purely on electric.
Graham Hoare, director of global vehicle evaluation and verification at Ford, recognises: “there is no point creating a product vehicle fleets don’t want, so the trial will play a critical role in refining its development, with a final version pencilled for launch in 2019.”
The test will focus on two key challenges: Wholelife costs and Usability.
The programme is supported by a £4.7m grand from the leading research institution: the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC)
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