Ford Focus: battery pack to be upgraded for 2017

25/08/2016

A new version of the Ford Focus will be introduced on the US and Canadian market end of this year. This new version will have a new battery pack of 33,5 kWh. The pioneer car brand is already a bit late compared to its rivals (Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3), and is tempting to stay in the game.

It was last December that the car brand announced their project of increasing range on the new version set to be released end of 2016 in the USA and Canada. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery pack of 33,5 kWh, Ford can make the range of the vehicle reach 160km EPA.

Compared to the version available since 2013, with a battery pack of 23 kWH, the new version announced late 2016 in the USA and Canada will have increased capacity of up to 46%. Ford had in mind innovation and the protection of the environment when they designed this new version. In fact, it is the fruit of several research works on renewable energy.

A few changes expected

Since the last version didn’t provide quick recharge, the car brand decided to give the new version a boost by integrating a combo connector 50 kW allowing 80% recharge in 30 minutes. In the car industry, the current trend is to find the newest technology that increases the range of batteries used in electric vehicles. As the last version of the Ford Focus was made of titanium, the car brand has decided to renew the body of the vehicle by painting it white gold and change the rims to 17 inches.

The new version is well capable of competing with the Nissan Leaf (30 kWh) and the electric Hyndai Ioniq, which can reach 250km in autonomy mode and 280km in NEDC (Europe).

Showcasing in Los Angeles

Ford wants to present the new version of the Ford Focus in November 2016 at the L.A auto show. Regarding the launch of the new version, it is expected to start December 2016 in the USA and Canada and probably some time 2017 in Europe. We are in a rush to see how the vehicle has been upgraded!

 

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