Cox Automotive and Ford Motor Company support Mind with electric van road-trip

Cox Automotive and Ford Motor Company support Mind with electric van road-trip

Cox Automotive and Ford Motor Company teamed up recently to complete the ultimate UK driving challenge, travelling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End and raising £2,278 for Mind on their #chargingroundbritain tour.

Stephen Wright and James Davis

James Davis, Cox Automotive, and Stephen Wright, Ford Motor Company, took on the challenge in a prototype plug-in hybrid electric van (PHEV) to raise awareness of the unique van, and money for Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity.

The 1,180 mile trip included stops at five Manheim auction centres, NextGear Capital and ALD Automotive, where Davis and Wright spent time talking about the challenge, collecting donations, and letting people pore over the prototype vehicle.

Commenting on the trip itself, Dave Petts, Ford Transit Custom PHEV lead, said: “The journey provided excellent exposure for our prototype Ford Transit Custom PHEV and has produced some fantastic data for us to review. Whilst not designed for such a journey it proves the van’s capability and eliminates any range anxiety.”

PHEV at Manheim

Davis added: “The prototype van performed faultlessly throughout the challenge and we were pleased with the level of engagement at the auction centres and businesses we visited.”

“Many people, including myself, have experienced anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges, so I’m delighted that we were able to use this tour as an opportunity to talk about just how common it is, and to raise so much money.”

This is believed to be the first time a van with this drivetrain has undertaken this journey. Taking into account the journey to and from Ford’s Dunton facility in Essex the van travelled 2,189 faultless miles in seven days.

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