Ford Pledges To Help Transit And Transit Connect Bi-Fuel Customers Affected By Powershift Changes

Ford Motor Company Limited has today announced that it will assist all Ford Transit and Transit Connect customers who have already ordered a bi-fuel (petrol/liquefied petroleum gas) vehicle and applied for a powershift grant, but who may not have their Powershift grants honoured.

The Energy Savings Trust (EST) has announced that Powershift grants will cease at the end of March 2005. This means there will be some businesses with bi-fuel vehicles on order for which the Powershift grant may not be honoured. The grant is worth £700 on Transit Connect orders and £800 on Transit orders.

Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain said: "We are aware that the cessation of grants will cause concern for those customers who have ordered a bi-fuel vehicle and made an application for the grant. This kind of uncertainty can affect the operation of a business and so we want to take away any doubt for anyone who has ordered a Ford bi-fuel commercial vehicle.

"This action shows the depth of our commitment to supporting LPG vehicle operators. With every Backbone Transit Specialist Service Dealer equipped for LPG testing and servicing, there is clear evidence of our LPG commitment. More than 1,500 Ford Transits and Transit Connects were converted and sold in 2004."

Ford will honour the grant payments for those customers that have received a confirmation of their grant application from the EST before March 31, 2005, where the EST will no longer honour the grant.

Published 12 April 2005 Melanie Carter

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