Ford Motor Co. is being quiet about a 51 percent range increase in the 2017 Ford Focus EV.
During the Los Angeles Auto Show, keen-eyed reporters spotted the new specification – the new Focus EV will travel 115 miles on a single charge from a 33.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack, up from 76 miles on the previous model. Other changes to the 2017 model include the use of the combined charging system (CCS) platform and a larger door to the charging port.
While less than half the 238 mile range on the soon-to-be-launched Chevy Bolt, the Focus EV is very competitive with several other all-electric models currently on the market. It’s slightly longer than the Nissan Leaf, about the same as the current BMW i3, and it has slightly less range than the Volkswagen e-Golf.
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Ford has been taking a conservative approach to marketing the Focus EV, which is reflected in its sale numbers. According to HybridCars’s Dashboard for October, the electric car came in ninth place for the month in U.S. all-electric sales. It was down 11 percent from September and 42.1 percent from the year before.
Ford had predicted the 2017 Focus EV would be capable of going 110 miles on a charge, so 115 miles does offer a slight improvement.