Unlike the plug-in Ford Kuga hybrid you won’t have to wait until the end of 2020 for this.
And that’s because Ford’s brilliant people mover the Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid will be on sale by the end of this year.
Forget being linked to a big engine, the Tourneo’s three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost is used to act as a range extender, pushing its electric only range from 31 miles (50km) to a joint range of 310 miles.
Its batteries can be charged using mains electricity but whatever owners choose to do it combines zero-emission driving capability without causing the biggest fear of electric car users, range anxiety.
The eight seater Tourneo Hybrid’s front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor, powered by a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The EcoBoost petrol engine works alongside regenerative braking enabled by the motor/generator to recharge the battery.
Like the diesel, the Hybrid has the “unique-to-segment” ability to arrange the two rear rows in conference format for outstanding access and interaction between passengers, or in two rows of three seats facing forward.
Its compact, liquid-cooled battery pack is sited under the floor of the passenger compartment, positioned to preserve its interior space, which is the same as the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel vehicle.
Four selectable EV modes enable the driver to choose how and when to use the available battery charge. They are:
EV Auto, in which the car decides when to activate the range extender; EV Now – the range extender won’t come on until battery levels reach minimum; EV Later, which prioritises the range extender to retain battery charge ready for later use, and EV Charge, in which the range extender continually keeps the battery topped up.
The electric charging port is located within the front bumper, and the Tourneo Hybrid can be fully charged using a domestic 240-volt 10-amp power supply in nearly six hours, or three hours using a commercial 240-volt 16-amp or 32-amp supply.
Inside the cabin a power/charge gauge replaces the rev counter, while a smaller gauge for the battery state of charge replaces the engine temperature indicator.
Trip computer functions are configured specifically for the hybrid powertrain and a graphic displaying distance-to-empty for both the battery and range extender is visible on all screen displays.
Prices haven’t been announced yet but I expect it to start at near £32,000.
Expected CO2 emissions are 75 g/km with 85.6mpg performance.