Focus Electric Battery Warranty Comes Up Short

5 years ago by Marc Lee 3

When asked how the warranty on the Focus Electric battery warranty would compare with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, Ford has repeatedly stated that the warranty would be competitive with the industry.

Longevity of the battery in an EV is naturally of great concern to would be buyers.  The Leaf and the Volt have a very reassuring 8 year/100k mile warranty.  Although the Volt warranty is reportedly better because it guarantees at least 70% of the original range through year 8.  The Leaf makes no range guarantee, but only warrants that the battery will deliver the peak rated power to the motor.  It fails however, to specify any length of time for delivering said “peak power” which calls into question if there is any worth to the Leaf warranty.

There has been no official announcement from Ford, but a recent post on fordfocuselectric.com showed the following warranty info:

WARRANTY
3YR/36000 BUMPER / BUMPER
5YR/60000 POWERTRAIN
5YR/60000 ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Cars.com is also reporting the same warranty info for the Focus Electric.

If this is indeed the warranty for the battery on the Focus Electric it is deeply disappointing that Ford is not matching the warranty being offered by its competitors.

 

3 responses to "Focus Electric Battery Warranty Comes Up Short"

  1. Karl Kelman says:

    I think the long-run future of the electric car needs to involve battery exchange to reduce range anxiety. The concern that batteries represent a potential “out-of-warranty” expense for consumers adds to my belief that this is the long future of electrics.

  2. Marc Lee says:

    “I think the long-run future of the electric car needs to involve battery exchange to reduce range anxiety. The concern that batteries represent a potential “out-of-warranty” expense for consumers adds to my belief that this is the long future of electrics.”

    There are many people who think the same, and certainly that is the hope of companies like Better Place. I think battery swap is a possibility for fleets and very dense areas like Israel, NYC, London, etc. In the 90s Mary Meeker at MSDW declared that EVs would go no where until battery swapping was in place.

    Clearly there is a market for selling cars/batteries out right. It remains to be seen if there is market for battery swapping. Personally, I am not interested in battery swapping because the financials do not make sense.

    Let me ask you Karl, do you own an EV?