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Ford to drive car and van efficiency with mild hybrid tech

Ford is to launch 48-volt mild hybrid Fiesta and Focus models next year as part of wider plans for range electrification that will take in vans too.

Mild hybrid versions of the Fiesta and Focus will launch next year as part of Ford’s range-wide plans for electrification

The announcement follows the news earlier this year that every one of the company’s nameplates launched from the all-new Focus onwards will include one or more electrified options, to deliver “one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers”.

It means that the Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models – which debut at the company’s ‘Go Further’ experience in Amsterdam next week (2nd April 2019) – will get a mild hybrid version of the three-cylinder 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine featuring a belt-driven integrated starter/generator to replace the standard alternator and a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack, plus a larger turbocharger.

As a result, the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid is expected to bring NEDC Correlated CO2 emissions from 112g/km, with fuel efficiency from 4.9l/100km (57.6mpg) while the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid is expected to offer CO2 emissions from 106g/km and fuel efficiency from 4.7l/100km (60.1mpg).

The plans will also see mild-hybrid powertrains introduced for the Transit two-tonne and Transit Custom vans and the Tourneo Custom, which will arrive later this year based on the EcoBlue 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine.

The Transit EcoBlue Hybrid has anticipated CO2 emissions from 144g/km along with fuel efficiency from 7.6l/100km (37.2mpg) with the Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid is projected to have CO2 emissions from 139g/km and fuel efficiency from 6.7l/100km (42.2mpg). The figures for the Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid start from 137g/km for CO2 and 7.0l/100km (40.4mpg).

Commenting on the Fiesta and Focus mild hybrids, Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, said: “Our new Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models are examples of Ford’s commitment to deliver new, more environmentally sustainable vehicles, sophisticated technologies, and valued services for our customers, and we have many more examples to announce in Amsterdam next week and beyond. We’ve gone to every length to develop mild-hybrid powertrains for two of our most popular cars that will help keep cash in customers’ pockets while remaining true to the Ford ‘fun to drive’ philosophy.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.