At the end of last year, Ford made the announcement that the next model year Focus Electric would arrive with a range increased to at least 100 miles/160km and with the added ability of DC fast charging. Ford kept its word. 

Judging from the initial technical fact sheet for the 2017 Focus Electric, the capacity of the car's liquid-cooled lithium ion battery will see a 46 percent increase from current 23 kWh to a 33.5 kWh. It hasn't been officially revealed yet, what exactly that would mean for the Focus Electric new range, but if you do some simple math, you can expect the car to be road-rady for at least 170 kilometers. With that said, Focus Electric would be comparable with the likes of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and 2016 Nissan Leaf. Focus Electric will also enable DC fast charging of up up to 50 kW via CCS.

According to Automotive News, Ford will soon put its "Model E" trademark to good use. "Model E" is the same trademark Tesla wanted to use for its upcoming Model 3 a few years ago. Furthermore, Ford Model E may not be a single model but an entire family of compact electrified models, including both a car and a crossover, with various powetrains. In the family would also be a Ford Model E BEV - an electric, battery-powered car with a range of approximately 300 kilometers that will rival the likes of Chevrolet Bolt EV, Opel Ampera-e, Nissan LEAF 2.0 and Tesla Model 3.

Aug. 29, 2016 Driving

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