While official figures haven’t been released yet by Ford on the all-electric 2017 Focus Electric, increasing the size of its battery suggests range has been increased over 100 miles per charge.
Studying the spec sheet for the 2017 Focus Electric, Inside EVs learned that the battery is being increased from a 23 kWh to a 33.5 kWh liquid-cooled lithium ion pack, a 46-percent increase in energy storage capacity.
Although ford hasn’t yet issued range figures for the 2017 Focus Electric, the 2016 model as an EPA rating 76 miles on the 23 kWh battery. Going with the battery size increase percentage could potentially bring the 2017 model up to about 110 miles of range per charge.
That would make it more competitive with similar-sized all-electric models, though well short of the 2017 Chevy Bolt, and pending Tesla Model 3. The soon-to-launched 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is expected to get around 110 miles on a charge, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf SV and SL editions are rated at 107 miles per charge. That’s at least for now; Nissan says a new version will be rolled out soon with significantly higher range.
Ford had been talking about increasing the Focus Electric’s fast charging capacity. That did happen, with the 2017 Focus Electric now able to receive up to 50 kW of power in its SAE Combo CCS DC fast charging.
Inside EVs also learned more about changes made to the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. It appears to be getting a few changes similar to what was done on the 2016 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid in the U.S.
It looks like the exterior design will stay in line with the current North American edition. It will be more of a slight refresh in the front fascia instead of a newly designed look more common in European market editions of Ford vehicles.
The standard “SEL” trim edition is out with a new base “SE” level that may have a lower sticker price than the SEL. The more premium “Titanium” level is also being added to the C-Max Energi options. The technology-intensive Titanium model will be higher in price than the base model.
There are other small exterior and tech changes coming up for the 2017 C-Max Energi.
That may be it for announcements on the C-Max Energi. Sales have been low for the C-Max hybrid version and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Ford has other models in the electrified pipeline that may replace it, such as the Ford Model E coming out in car and compact utility vehicle versions.