Euro-spec 2017 Ford Focus Electric gets new higher-capacity battery, DC fast-charge system

Article by Christian A., on February 14, 2017

Here is good news for fans as well as would-be customers of the Ford Focus Electric in Europe – your beloved EV just got exciting improvements. Ford has just given the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric a new battery and a new DC fast-charge system.

Before the changes, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric gets power from a 23-kWh battery. This means that its battery could allow the five-door electric hatchback – with propulsion from a 107 kW (143 hp) motor -- to have around 100 miles of pure electric driving range. This means that a driver could drive a Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric for only 100 miles and will need to recharge the EV to squeeze more distance.

Already great for those who don’t typically drive over 100 miles every day, but it won’t be enough for those who needed or wanted some extra miles to fulfill some roles or daily obligations. Just to note, the 100 miles of pure electric driving range already represents an improvement of 24 miles over the previous model.

Ford may have seen the demand for a Focus Electric that could travel significantly more than 100 miles. This could be the reason why the American carmaker decided to change the battery pack for the new Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric to the same unit that powers the electric motor of its American cousin. Now, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric features a new liquid-cooled battery pack with a capacity of 33.4 kWh. With this battery pack, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric could travel significantly more distance than its predecessor.

Its pure electric driving range has been improved by around 39 miles (63 km), which means that with a single full charge, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric could now travel up to 140 miles (225 km). However, that pure electric driving range still pales compared to the offerings of General Motors (Chevrolet Bolt) and Tesla (Model 3), which include electric vehicles that could travel over 200 miles.

The change in battery pack, however, doesn’t bring any improvement in the dynamic capability of the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric as it could still sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 11.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h).

In addition to the new battery pack with a 33.4-kWh capacity, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric now comes provided with an all-new DC fast-charge system. This charge system could recharge the battery pack to 80 percent of energy capacity in around half an hour (30 minutes). The Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric now features the Brake Coach technology that could teach drivers how to maximize the energy captured through the EV’s regenerative braking system. Moreover, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric now features a SYNC 3 infotainment system with extended voice commands, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and capacitive touchscreen display.

Fans also welcome the fact that these improvements didn’t hike the price of the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric. Its starting price in German remains at €34,900 ($37,138).

Source: Auto-presse.de

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