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2017 Ford Focus Electric goes further

2017 Ford Focus Electric goes further

The Ford Focus Electric is now six years old and ripe for a refresh. As Ford’s main fully electric vehicle, it is the leader for the Blue oval’s crusade for fuel efficiency and greener motoring. That’s why this news of an extended range and fast charging for the 2017 Ford Focus Electric is so welcome.

The main barriers to adoption of fully electric vehicles are cost, range and the time it takes to charge. With discounts and subsidies available, there are a range of ways to lower the price but the other two challenges were harder for buyers to contend with. Fortunately, Ford has it covered.

Going further
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric will apparently have a 100 mile range, up from 76. That’s almost a 25% increase and brings it in line to compete much more effectively with the Nissan Leaf that has a range of 84 or 107 miles. With electric cars improving across the board, it’s a timely improvement.

The range extension comes from new battery technology that allows greater density within the lithium-ion cells. Ford haven’t really given much away about how they have achieved it, just that they have. We know they use LG cells and the technology company has been working hard on improving them since they launched. This will be the third time LG have increased density since releasing these units.

Quick charge

Another piece of good news for potential Ford Focus Electric owners is the introduction of a quick charging feature. The 2017 Ford Focus Electric will have DC fast charging capability that will allow an 80% charge in 30 minutes from a Combined Charging System station. With more of these stations appearing across North America, this should make owning an electric vehicle much more viable.

The current Focus Electric takes four hours for a full charge at 240v and 18+ hours at 120v. It can then drive the electric motor with 123 hp, 181 lb-ft. of torque for up to 76 miles and achieve an average of 110 MPGe.

There is no doubt that the 2017 Ford Focus Electric has a lot of work to do to compete with the Nissan Leaf. With the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt on the horizon with an alleged range of 200 miles, there is still a lot of work for automakers to do to level the playing field.

Ford recently announced a $4.5 billion program to widen its electrified portfolio by 13 vehicles by 2020. That includes battery electric, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and any other new drivetrain options that come along.

To test drive the current Ford Focus Electric, contact Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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