CARS.COM — The 2017 Ford Focus Electric will get a bigger 33.5-kilowatt-hour battery that will make its range more competitive with the best-selling Nissan Leaf EV’s longer range and the coming Hyundai Ioniq EV. It still will sit well below the range of the coming Chevrolet Bolt but offers a lower price.
The new battery, first reported by website InsideEVs.com — which said it obtained a spec sheet on the 2017 that is due on sale late this year — is a 46 percent boost over the 23-kWh unit used in the 2016 Focus EV. The 2016 model has an EPA-rated range of 76 miles and the percentage battery boost works out to a range increase of about 110 miles. The 2016 Leaf already has a range rating of 84 miles (S) up to 107 miles (SV and SL). Compare the 2016 Focus and Leaf here.
Ford said in December that the 2017 Focus EV’s range would grow to about 100 miles and that it would have fast-charging capability allowing it to be charged to 80 percent of capacity in about 30 minutes. The comments came as the company announced a five-year plan for a $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles and 13 new models. Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Cars.com that the company would have no more to add until the 2017 Focus EV’s range is EPA-certified.
The Chevrolet Bolt, to go into production late this year, is projected to have a range of more than 200 miles. But Chevy says it will be priced at $37,500 to start before any tax credits (all prices include destination). The 2016 Focus EV starts at $30,045 before any credits. The Leaf S, with an 84-mile range rating, starts at $29,860; a 107-mile SV starts at $35,050, both before any credits. Hyundai has estimated the upcoming 2017 Ioniq EV’s range at about 110 miles, but timing and price have not been announced.