Not long ago we heard the 2017 Focus Electric was not going to pack significant changes to its electric powertrain that would enable it to go after the new, long-range electric models.
The refreshed Focus EV would pack an enhanced range of about 100 miles (160 km) on a charge, while the new long-range offerings from Chevrolet and Tesla – Bolt and Model 3, respectively – are said to boast at least 200 miles (320 km) with a single charge. Ford has also been rumored to deliver a new, bespoke line of green models called Model E that would pack a trio of versions – hybrid, plug in hybrid and full electric just like the Hyundai Ioniq line. Now apparently Ford chief executive officer Mark Fields has decided the automaker should be one of the leaders in the electric segment. While discussing the company strategy during a recent earnings call, he said an electric vehicle reaching a range of 200 miles is “something we’re developing”.
Fields was mum on details, making us come back to the rumor mill and discuss the possibilities. We already know the 2017 Focus Electric will only have a 100 miles range, which means this can’t be the model competing with the 200+ mile range boasted by the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. This leaves us with the upcoming Model E range, which could include a true rival for the two accessible electrics once it hits the market sometimes in 2019.
Via Automotive News