According to Ford’s manager of electrified powertrain engineering, the company is not yet giving in on the range race that has started between General Motors and Tesla.
The two rival automakers have announced models – the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt – that are completely electric and have a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. Kevin Layden talked to the media during the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week and confirmed the 2017 Focus Electric will go about with its batteries full for about 100 miles – which is at least twice less than what the Bolt and Model 3 want to offer. This also goes against the current as the automotive experts now believe automakers need to offer electric models with ranges in excess of 200 miles if they want to diminish the well known “range anxiety” concerns.
Layden claims the Focus Electric will sell better when the 2017 model year hits the dealerships after improving the range over the 2016 Focus Electric by 24 miles. The executive said they went for a limited range version to be able to bring forth a smaller, lighter, and cheaper battery pack. The 2017 Focus Electric is expected to come out later on this year and pack a high-tech instrument cluster and an all-new DC fast-charge system that will deliver an 80 percent capacity charge in as little as half an hour. Also among the included features will be a Brake Coach that will counsel drivers on increasing energy capture using the regenerative braking system.
Via Automotive News