Ford Transit 12-seater conversion (part 1)
The Ford Transit 12-seater 350 limited edition is easily converted for wheelchair access and that's what we're about to do. In this, the first of two posts—the BEFORE post—we outline a great standard spec and features. In the next post—the AFTER post—you'll see the converted vehicle.
This is the Ford Transit 12-seater 350 limited edition, with a side-opening door near side, an electric side step, 12 seats, an escape hatch in the roof, front and rear air conditioning and heating, plus privacy glass as standard on this vehicle. Yellow grab handles either side for your passengers getting in and out of the vehicle.
For a walkaround of this vehicle please watch the video.
The passengers have cup holders, USB charging points on rows two, three and four, there's nice high ceiling with an emergency escape hatch. Emergency glass breakers from Ford are supplied as standard alongside side-opening, sliding windows on both the loading door and the offside wall.
From a driver's perspective
Further spec includes central locking, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and power-folding door mirrors. We have auto lights and wipers, dimmable centre console, front and rear fog lights, leather trim steering wheel from which you can set your cruise control and digital speed limiter.
Continuing in the cab you've got a heated quick-clear front windscreen plus front and rear A/C and heating in this vehicle. There is space for a tachograph and meter (if required), rear lighting controls and plenty of storage space overhead in the cab area. The dash is finished in piano black; there’s USB and 12-volt charging in a couple of places. The vehicle has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in as well as DAB radio and the touchscreen centre console.
Under a front seat you'll find a battery alternator and good fire extinguisher as standard. The seat cushions lift up and there's space for paperwork. Good sized glove box and rubber floor throughout.
Access at the rear of the vehicle
At the back there's a 'barn door' style design with two single opening doors on latches. This particular vehicle is about to start its life as a disabled access vehicle with a cassette lift under the floor.
The customer wants nine seats instead of twelve, not a problem. It's going to be fully tracked front to back with individual seats and a rear access tail-lift. This vehicle can take three, or even four wheelchairs, depending on their weight and size. We can convert these vehicles any way you like.