Ford has been teasing the Focus Electric in the 2017 model year version since last year, when it talked about its new DC fast-charge system that could top 80 percent of the battery in 30 minutes.
Months after, the brand’s director of electrified powertrain engineering whispered about the zero-emissions Focus range of about 100 miles (160 km) that would be way more impressive than its current EPA-certified 76 mile (122 km) capability. Now the latest rumor concerning the model talks about more changes that were bestowed on the 2017MY, for example the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery packing about 46-percent more capacity. This means it would surge from 23 kWh to 33.5 kWh. It should come out with a 110 miles (177 km) range, something in line with the new Hyundai Ioniq EV.
Deliveries of the 2017 Ford Focus Electric are expected through North America to start late this year, with the official introduction most likely at the LA Auto Show in November. Aside from a jumped battery and the new DC fast-charge system, the 2017MY should also have new White Gold paint and a set of 17-inch Sparkle Silver alloy wheels in lieu of the current model’s rims. Afterwards, the plans for the green models of the company will jump into high gear with the introduction of the rumored Model E family that will serve as successors for the current crop of hybrids and electrics.