European Ford Focus EV Gets 33.5-kWh Battery Pack, Improved Electric Range

2 months ago by Mark Kane 40

In addition to a 33.5 kWh battery, the new 2017 Ford Focus Electric adds DC fast charging

Ford has begun sales of its updated Focus Electric in Europe this month.

Thankfully, the latest version is equipped with the same 33.5 kWh battery offering as now found in North America (in place of the previous 23 kWh pack) and for the very first time, a DC fast charging inlet (CCS Combo) is also part of the package.

2017 Ford Focus Electric Interior

The range of the updated 2017 Focus Electric stands at 225 km (140 miles) under NEDC, but the more realistic tests by EPA indicate one should expect 185 km (115 miles) of real-world driving.

The all-electric Focus’ powertrain remains the same at 145 hp, which is good for about 11.4 seconds runs to 62 mph (100 km/h).

As an example of pricing, in Germany (see offer here) the 2017 Focus Electric starts at €34,900 (over $37,000 USD), so its not a raging deal by any stretch of the imagination.

“Inside the cabin, the electric vehicle boosts SYNC 3 infotainment system with extended voice commands, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and capacitive touchscreen display. Standard equipment includes a dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, and LED taillights. German prices remain unchanged – Ford is asking at least €34,900 ($37,138) for the vehicle, which is already available to order.”

2017 Ford Focus Electric in Germany

source: Motor1

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40 responses to "European Ford Focus EV Gets 33.5-kWh Battery Pack, Improved Electric Range"

  1. seth says:

    Small typo, it’s 145 hp, not kw 😉 Otherwise the 0-100 would be really poor 🙂

    Still has a comically small trunk because of the battery box. Choices, I know, but it’s kind of mediocre.

    1. protomech says:

      Good catch. Was about to say the same – 145 kW would be similar to Bolt.

      Performance seems weak relative to the power – Nissan LEAF has 80 kW and is maybe a smidge faster to 100 km/h.

      And it’s not like the FFE is geared for top speed – it tops out at 84 mph.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Indeed good catch, we fix that now (and it is actually 143 hp (US) when doing the conversion).

        Thanks!

        1. unlucky says:

          European horsepowers are smaller than US ones. Theirs are technically properly abbreviated “PS” and are some kind of metric HP.

          1 PS is about 0.985 SAE net (US) HP.

          So the figure on that press release was correct because it was for a European audience. You should convert European HP (PS) figures each time you make a US statement from a European press release.

          1. John says:

            This is why we should use kW only..

          2. lo says:

            PS = Pony Strenght (Pony is weaker than a horse)

          3. Robster says:

            Trump filter on : American horses are great, much stronger than those European Ponies! Trump filter off 🙂

          4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            Depends on the source of the HP figures. Imperial HP is the same as the US value.

            It’s OK to say HP for metric, although PS can be used to emphasize that it’s the metric version instead of the non-metric. PS is German. It’s an abbreviation of Pferdestärke, horse strength.

            1. unlucky says:

              European marketing doesn’t use Imperial HP because PS produces higher numbers. And every marketing person loves higher numbers.

      2. David Murray says:

        I was surprised to read that. I’ve always heard people say that their focus electric was plenty fast… but this number tends to suggest otherwise to me. I think my Volt could do circles around it.

        1. Texas FFE says:

          The FFE has a torque limiter that limits acceration at slower speeds. Coming off a dead stop on dry pavement in a straight line is not that impressive but moving starts often causes the front tires to break traction and the traction control to kick in. Overall the FFE is a lot of fun and very seldom do I find myself wanting for power.

          I might also point out that the FFE is notorious for wearing out the front tires due to wheel spin.

          1. SJC says:

            3700 pounds with 140 hp won’t be all that quick.

          2. Ken Roach says:

            Agreed; the FFE is a lot more fun between 10-20 MPH than off the line.

            All that weight way back over the rear wheels doesn’t help the car grip. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the reason they artificially narrowed its steering mechanism to extend the turning radius.

            Someday we’ll be oohing and aahing over the new Ford Photon, but until then the FFE will be a compliance checkbox for Ford.

            I like mine, but not enough to get another after the lease is up.

            1. WARREN says:

              My Focus is dead slow off the line. So much so that my 2011 Leaf would beat it to the 1/4 mile. Yet from 30mph on up, including fwy speeds the Focus has decent acceleration, unlike the LEAF which has nothing after 30mph.

            2. Former FFE driver says:

              The FFE has a 49/51% weight balance, which is better than the ICE Focus. Yes, I think I experienced torque limiting, and yes, I shredded a set of front tires in 24,000 miles. Never bothered to rotate them. Still in the 10-50mph the car is a blast to drive. Handling is way sharper than Leaf. Never got to drive an e-Golf, which I’d think would be pretty good given the heritage. The Price is a bit ridiculous given that car cost $29K here in the USA. I may get another FFE because it’s a good value here especially at 115 mile sand DC Charging, Sync 3, etc… The trunk thing is not such a big deal, perhaps a big deal to a select few.

        2. Tedfredrick says:

          I have both a Focus and Volt and they are both about the same speed and acceleration

    2. Jeff says:

      Except now you can buy a used 22kwh FFEV for about $9k. Probably one of the best BEV deals out there. Oh and that is with an 8yr/ 80 k mile drive train factory warranty.

  2. realistic says:

    I drove a ’14 for several days and thought it to be a competent car, but definitely slower than the other non-Tesla EVs. Nowhere close to the Spark and surpringly less capable than the Leaf. But so much more pleasant than the auto-trans version of the 4-cyl baseline car (that 1st-2nd shift jerk: yuck)

    I think Chevy is on the right track with the Bolt, with drivetrain and power electronics designed around a </= 7 sec 0-100kph time and a top speed just under 150kph. That's enough to do anything rationally needed within the realm of safe driving, and still give operators a very invigorating experience while exhibiting parsimonious energy use.

    My guess is that Ford is going to surprise us with an electrified mild hybrid very soon, and most of their efforts will be focused there. The Focus battery upgrade is just to keep selling a few to avoid CARB penalties for a short while. And why not? "Compliance" means you are complying.

    1. R.S says:

      It needs to be faster to sell in Germany, which probably isn’t on the radar of most manufacturers, but over here 90mph just isn’t enough for most. Not that it would need to go to 150mph, but 100-120mph would be nice for overtaking.

      1. Simple! Let the Other Guy do the Overtaking! Sometimes one needs to drive a car, not a ‘Sports Car!’

        And, I have driven little Eco Rockets, at 100+ Mph, and an RX7 with aftermarket Turbo, up to 215 Kph/135 Mph, as well! Funny thing is, this FFE is a lot heavier than those cars, and is intended to help you save energy, not waste it, as in Ludicrous Mode, where it should be used at a Drag Track!

  3. Jeff says:

    Glad to see it finally ticks all the boxes to be a genuine EV.

    1. WARREN says:

      Also, the cluster,infotainment, and smart phone integration in the Focus is awesome. The interior quality and dash design is high quality. Just look at these door panels and dash contours and see how much better they are than cheap had plastic designs. It really is a higher grade design than most of the cars in its class.

      1. unlucky says:

        The infotainment on Fords was ahead of the curve when the FFE came out. But I’m not sure it’s even middle of the pack now. Things have changed a lot. CarPlay and Android Auto are very common now. And Ford hasn’t moved the Focus ahead yet. SYNC 3 is Ford’s most recent offering and it isn’t present on the FFE yet. Although the 2017 is supposed to have it if they ever get any 2017s out. Maybe it’ll be time to reevaluate when that happens.

  4. Texas FFE says:

    All this Focus Electric bashing, well just uninformed. You all are missing the real story here, the 2017 version is still not available in Europe OR the United States regardless of what this article says. FFE enthusiasts believe the 2017 is going to be a much improved version but they are really getting frustrated with the lack of cars actually for sale.

    1. Anon says:

      Ford has had more than ample opportunity to provide a compelling BEV to consumers. The FFE was designed purely to be a ZEV Credit grab for the company, and not that great an electric car for consumers, because it was always intended to be a highly compromised ICE conversion.

      So enjoy your FFE’s Alt-0-60 times / Range / Handling / Cargo Capacity in spite of everyones uninformed ignorance.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        I will also enjoy the FFE being fun, stylish and affordable.

        1. But not suitable for more than 2 over 6 feet tall specimens of the human species! I tried to check out the PEV’s at the Canadian International Auo Show (CIAS), Sunday! This FFE seemed the shortest in the back seat leg room space, almost like my old 2 door Sprint (Geo Metro!)! Not as good as my 4 door Sprint!

          1. bro1999 says:

            Or anyone that wants to put more than a couple of carry-ons in the hatch.

            Did you know: Ford did not even design the FFE and had no plans to electrify it. A supplier, Magna, approached Ford with a prototype FFE with custom electric guts outfitted in a gas Focus, and Ford agreed to build it once seeing it up close and being thoroughly impressed.

            Boom, Ford had an almost-ready CA compliance car dropped in their laps.

            http://www.autonews.com/article/20110801/OEM01/308019963/how-magnas-electrified-focus-wowed-ford

          2. Former FFE driver says:

            At 6’7″, with tall sons, yes, it’s a compact car, but it worked better than the Leaf. Leaf had short seat cushions and was short on leg room. The rear seat can work for everyone over a short period. It’s a compact car. I drove a Geo Metro back in the day and there’s no comparison. If you need legroom, don’t buy a compact. The e_golf has the best front seat, but at 6’7″ it becomes a 3 seater too. Tall guys sitting in Cars on YouTube is a goo frame of reference and they are doing a video on the Bolt soon.

    2. bro1999 says:

      Sad to say it, but the ’17 FFE is just a placeholder till Ford comes out with a true ~200 mile BEV. I’m almost certain Ford will not go out of their way to sell more ’17 FFE’s than what they need to to cover ZEV requirements. I think technically the FFE is for sale “nationwide”, but only CARB state Ford dealers (and pretty much just CA) stock them in any kind of number…or at all.

  5. speculawyer says:

    Nice update. Combined with the CCS port, this is an OK EV for now.

    But Ford really needs to build a REAL EV

  6. Mike I. says:

    Did the earlier car have Type-1 (J1772) in Europe? I assume that since they have CCS now, it must be Type-2 CCS in Europe.

  7. R.S says:

    Pricing in Germany is always with taxes! It would be €29,300 before taxes, so about $27,500 depending on the exchange rate.

    Which isn’t too bad, if it would keep that price in the US, but since the 30kWh Leaf starts at about €25k, before taxes, it is still too expensive to really compete in Europe and I doubt they won’t slap the mandatory US “incentive adjustment” for EVs on it.

  8. Victor says:

    Every time I see one of these compliance car manufacturers rase their electric range a few miles, I feel that much more proud to be a Tesla reservation holder.
    Tesla has raised the bar.
    Tesla is pulling everyone in the right direction.

    1. mevp says:

      Well actually at the moment Chevy is pulling and Tesla is following. We’ll see how it plays out, competition is good.

  9. stewil says:

    Ford: how about actually manufacturing and selling this “2017” FFE

  10. SparkEV says:

    Before Ioniq BEV, FFE was decent pricing, and probably best EV for its price range. But with Ioniq, it’s hard to imagine many opting for FFE. Had Ford put more power into FFE like GM did with SparkEV, at least they could’ve tested better drive train for their next version EV. But this new FFE just isn’t compelling.

    But the biggest problem with FFE is Ford’s unwillingness to sell it. If their reps are so uninterested, it won’t matter if FFE is “available”.

  11. Seuthès says:

    The car won’t be available for French market.
    I don’t understand Ford. BEV is growing fast in France.
    It’s the first market for BEV in Europe.

  12. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    If it’s true that it gets EPA 115 miles, then it just now caught up to the 2012 RAV4 EV in extended charge mode……lol

    I’m not a big fan of FORD but I didn’t realize FFE did not come with DCFC capabilities at all till now.

  13. leafowner says:

    Now if they only had a second battery pack — now that would be more interesting!

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