For a long time it seemed like Ford wasn’t really interested in the Focus Electric. From lack of upgrades to lack of marketing, the Focus Electric has just been plugging along all on its own, promoted and discovered online by EV enthusiasts doing their own research.
Back in December Ford announced the Focus EV would get some upgrades including longer range. Now that the 2017 spec sheet for the vehicle has been printed, we can say that Ford delivered what they said they would.
The new 2017 version of the Focus plugin vehicle has a battery that is now a 33.5 kWh liquid cooled lithium ion battery. With a 46% increase in capacity, we can estimate that a 46% increase in the 76 mile EPA range would mean a 100 mile EPA range.
That puts the Focus Electric in competition with the 110 mile 2017 Hyundai IONIQ Electric, and the 107 mile 2016 Nissan LEAF.
The new version of the Focus EV also gets CCS DC fast charging up to 50 kW.
Delivery of the 2017 model year should start in December 2016.