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DUNTON, UK, Dec. 13, 2023 – When leading Out of Home media and infrastructure company Clear Channel set its ambitious Carbon Net Zero targets, it needed the support of an equally ambitious commercial vehicle productivity specialist to help make them a reality.

Enter Ford Pro – equipped with a comprehensive platform of solutions combining software, charging, servicing, and financing to simplify the transition to electrified vehicles for businesses.

In a new video, members of the Clear Channel team describe how Ford Pro is helping the company deliver on its sustainability commitments while carrying out its mission to create the future of media – providing advertising solutions for its customers while also making a positive impact on society and the environment.

Watch the video here:

Case study – Clear Channel:

Clear Channel is committed to being Carbon Net Zero across the three “scopes” of emissions – the industry standard of categorising emissions’ origin.

  • Scope 1: Direct emissions, such as Clear Channel’s fleet emissions
  • Scope 2: Indirect emissions, such as purchased or used electricity across Clear Channel’s sites
  • Scope 3: Indirect emissions in Clear Channel’s supply chain

The media owner has effectively reduced its Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint by 89 per cent since 2008 by driving sustainability throughout its operations and is committed to Carbon Net Zero in both by 2030, with the intention of achieving Carbon Net Zero in Scope 3 by 2045, which includes transitioning to a low- and zero-emission fleet across the business.

Since 2022, the company has successfully operated a fleet of 72 Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid 1,2 vans from Ford Pro. The pure-electric, zero-tailpipe emission driving capability of these vehicles enables Clear Channel to operate them in numerous ultra-low emission zones. Clear Channel will continue its work with Ford Pro to include fully‑electric vehicles in its next vehicle replacement cycle.

Using Ford Pro Telematics 3 to analyse data from its cloud-connected fleet, Clear Channel’s fleet managers can monitor and review the use of pure-electric driving, and prove that the company has complied with regulations designed to improve local air quality.

Ford Pro Charging consulted with Clear Channel to develop a bespoke, flexible, and future-proofed depot charging system with 10 charge points to support its fleet.

Data from Ford Pro Telematics is also helping the company to identify larger vehicles that could similarly make the switch to electric.


“In our pursuit of ambitious Carbon Net Zero goals, Clear Channel has found a steadfast partner in Ford Pro. Our systems, integrated between Ford Pro Telematics and Ford Pro Charging, play a crucial role in our journey to decarbonise our fleet. It's not just about reducing CO2 emissions; it's also about enhancing local air quality. With this integrated data, we can identify vehicles to electrify further, bringing us closer to a sustainable, cleaner, and greener tomorrow.”

Will Ramage, managing director, Clear Channel UK

“Our work with Clear Channel is a great example of how Ford Pro can accelerate a business’ productivity. We’re there every step of the way with Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid electrified vans, a bespoke charging setup to suit their depot, and cloud-connected software to drive uptime and steer the next steps in Clear Channel’s productive journey towards Carbon Net Zero.”

Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe

Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid:

In 2019, Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid became the first vehicle to deliver plug-in hybrid technology for zero-emission driving capability in the one-tonne van segment. In 2020, Ford enhanced the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with the ability to automatically switch to electric drive mode when entering predefined areas such ultra-low emission zones, using live location data. 3

The recently launched all-new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid, available to order now for delivery from summer 2024, combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with an 11.8 kWh (usable) battery to deliver a combined power output of 232 PS, 4 pure-electric driving range of up to 56 km, 1,2,5 as well as 2.3 kW of power for tools and equipment via Pro Power Onboard6

Ford Pro facts:

  • Ford Pro Telematics turns connected vehicle data into insights and alerts that simplify fleet management. Ford Pro E-Telematics 3 uses live data to help maximise electric fleet productivity and support effective use of Ford Pro Charging.
  • The FORDLiive connected uptime system uses a feed of live data from Ford vehicles, dealers and roadside assistance network to track repairs and respond to emerging issues. Projections show FORDLiive can reduce downtime by up to 60 per cent. 7
  • The FordPass Pro 8 app is designed to help small business customers and owner operators keep their connected vehicles safe, secure and running efficiently.
  • Ford Pro Charging integrates consultancy, commercial-grade depot charging installations and software to deliver end-to-end charging solutions – plus support for home and public charging.
  • Ford Pro will offer an all-electric commercial vehicle portfolio from 2035. The company has already revealed all-electric commercial vehicles including E-Transit, 9,10 E-Transit Custom, 11,10 E-Transit Courier, 12,10 E-Tourneo Custom 13,10 and E-Tourneo Courier. 12,10
  • Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid 14,2 will be joined by the Ranger Plug-In Hybrid pickup 15,2 in early 2025.

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Editor notes:


1 Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid homologated CO2 emissions 35-45 g/km WLTP, homologated fuel efficiency 1.6-2.0 l/100 km WLTP and pure electric driving range 48-55 km WLTP.

2 The declared WLTP fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers.

3 Ford Pro Telematics and Ford Pro E-Telematics are available complimentary for one year from the warranty start date, and then on a subscription basis, subject to agreement to Ford Smart Mobility terms and conditions, and provides a comprehensive suite of features in addition to vehicle health including location and mapping, driving behaviour, fuel/energy usage, multi-make capabilities and a companion app for drivers to interface with fleet managers. Fleet customers can contact the Ford Pro Software Command Centre at [email protected] for information about these Ford Telematics products. Data availability subject to data connectivity and access to vehicle data.

4 Calculated via combined performance of the engine and electric motor(s) with peak battery power. The calculations utilize SAE J1349® engine results and Ford electric motor dyno testing. Your results may vary.

5 Maximum power output and electric driving range are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.

6 See Owner’s Manual for important operating instructions.

7 Estimated reduction per year based on (1) customer promptly responding to vehicle health alerts in FordPass Pro/Ford Telematics (to help avoid roadside assistance call-outs) and (2) anticipated time saved using Ford Transit Centres for maintenance and repair (including Express Services). Actual reduction may depend on individual circumstances (e.g. driving style and vehicle use).

8 The FordPass Pro smartphone app, FordPass Connect and complimentary connected services are required for remote features (see FordPass terms for details). Connected services and features depend network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. FordPass Pro smartphone app connectivity requires FordPass Connect to be activated in the vehicle. FordPass Pro app compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play store in 20 markets in Europe.

9 In accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). A range of up to 317 km (intended target value according to WLTP) can be achieved with a fully charged battery - depending on the existing series and battery configuration.

10 The actual range may vary due to various factors (e.g. weather conditions, driving style, route profile, vehicle condition, age and condition of the lithium-ion battery).

11 In accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). A range of up to 337 km can be achieved with a fully charged battery - depending on the existing series and battery configuration.

12 Officially homologated driving range will be published closer to on-sale date. Published range (intended target value according to WLTP) can be achieved with a fully charged battery - depending on the existing series and battery configuration.

13 In accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). A range of up to 325 km can be achieved with a fully charged battery - depending on the existing series and battery configuration.

14 Ford Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid homologated CO2 emissions 40-47 g/km WLTP, homologated fuel efficiency 1.7-2.1 l/100 km WLTP and pure electric driving range 46-52 km WLTP.

15 Officially homologated driving range, fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions will be published closer to on-sale date. In accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). A targeted range of more than 45 km can be achieved with a fully charged battery - depending on the existing series and battery configuration.



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