Detailed Range Ratings For Updated 2017 Ford Focus EV: 126 Miles In The City!



A couple months back, Ford announced that the 2017 Focus Electric would get a range bump. as well as a bigger 33.5 kWh battery (see here for this news as well as additional changes like adding DC Fast Charging standard for the Model Year 2017 Focus Electric). The old battery was just 23 kWh.

At the time, we reported that electric range for the 2017 Focus EV would increase to 115 miles (up from the 76-mile rating of the previous version, while pricing would fall to $29,120.

Now, courtesy of the EPA’s internal database, we have a breakdown for the electric range of the Focus Electric.

EPA's Detailed Range Rating For 2017 Ford Focus Electric

EPA’s Detailed Range Rating For 2017 Ford Focus Electric

As you can see in the chart above, The 2017 Focus Electric returns 125.8 miles of electric range in the city, but just 101.7 on the highway. That nets a combined rating of 115 miles.

MPGe ratings are 107 MPGe combined, 118 MPGe in the city and 96 MPGe on the highway.

From these figures it’s rather obvious that the Focus Electric is more city-oriented runabout, rather than long-range highway cruiser.

Though Focus Electric sales are and always have been low, the range increase is welcome nonetheless. Now we just need that 200-mile Focus Electric for say $34,000 to come along.

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Is that $29k price confirmed even with the 33.5 kWh battery? And if so, doesn’t that make the FFE the lowest priced 100+ mile range BEV available?

I checked my Edmunds app and it does list the same pricing for the 2017 FFE, however it also still shows the 23 kWh battery and lame range of the 2016.

$29k is the correct price, and Ford loves doing some kind of rebates as well. I’m sure it can be had for much less than sticker. They may actually sale a few of these now that it has some range and level 3 charging.

I have a very luxuriously equipped Focus EV. It had dual zone, power seat, etc, which was very rare in this class. Worst qualities of the car is its FWD behavior, and lack of DCQC. It charges pretty fast on L2 though. Highway driving is effortless and quiet. Much better an experience than city driving. It’s a dog off the line, with the LEAF trouncing it to 30mph. But after 40mph, the Focus accelerates harder, but won’t quite catch the LEAF through the qtr mile. I wonder if they will upgrade the HP? On the other hand, the FWD traction on acceleration is very limited.

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Will make a dent in the already low Leaf sales.

You know.. I realize the Bolt EV is getting all of the attention for its great range. But I could actually live with this new Focus EV, where the previous one I could not.

Just wondering if aftermarket players will offer aerodynamic mods that clean up some of the remaining drag elements, getting better highway range as a result?

The Bolt EV could sure use a major Aerodynamic clean up, too!

If Ford actually sell this car, it might be my next EV since Tesla 3 will be late. But it doesn’t seem like Ford is too enthusiastic about selling it. I didn’t even see it at auto show, and Ford rep wasn’t interested in talking about it, almost like he didn’t know the thing exist. What’s “killing” FFE sales is Ford itself.

I don’t think the 2017 FFE has even started production yet. There are a few dealers advertising 2017 models but i think they’re advertising their allocations because they keep showing pictures of 2016 models. Ford is definitely holding off on the 2017 models for whatever reason but I expect the 2017s to start popping up within the next couple of weeks.

Sparky, I think you are correct that Ford Motor Co is killing sales of the FFE. I recently inquired about the FFE via TrueCar with three Nashville area Ford dealerships. All tried to steer me towards the energi line, none had any FFE’s in stock, and one told me that the Ford regional manager does not consider Nashville or any part of Tennessee to be an EV market. In fact I got the impression that only a handful of cities in the US were their target.

One of the three dealerships, Ford of Franklin, was willing to try to get one brought in from another dealer so that I could test drive it. That was great, but they showed how little they know about the product by not being able to answer many basic questions. For instance when asked if it had fast charging capabilities, I was told that it does have “2 smart charging USB ports.”

As I told one of the dealerships, if Ford and others do not make an effort to develop a market, there will never be a market.

“Now we just need that 200-mile Focus Electric for say $34,000 to come along.”

Seeing how Ford dragged their feet all this time, what I would like to see from them 12-18 months from now is the 2018 refresh with a battery pack matching the one in Renault’s Zoe.
I would find that a very appealing offer if they could sell it for something like $29.995.

In my sample drives of a Ford Focus Electric, I felt it had a better drive response than the LEAF, iMiEV, and smart ED, but that was not quite enough to tilt me into a buy or a lease.

This new set of numbers (Range, Cost), if those were Canadian $, would be a strong appeal. Bumbing the battery up to 40 kWh, and removing that rear battery bump, would really start to make this car a good choice for more EV buyers!

Ford sells gas guzzlers not EVs period.

I do agree. 😉

Yep. No way I’d buy a Ford of any kind after thier CEO makes ridiculous claims like these:


Ford Focus 2.0L gets up to 40 mpg on the highway, I don’t call that “gas guzzling” period.

Kind of a BMW i 3 battery upgrade. Good job Ford. Now please try to keep up with GM. Ford is just picking up the rear in pure EVs.

I disagree with those that say this car is already obsolete. For almost $9,000 less than a bolt, the FFE isn’t really a direct competitor. For me, 115 miles is plenty for 99% of my driving, and I much prefer the look of the FFE vs. the Bolt. I am one month from finishing a 36 month lease on a ’14 FFE. Love the car, but the 76 mile range was occasionally cutting it close for me, especially in the winter. I was very seriously considering the Bolt as a replacement, but the new 115 mile FFE seems like a much better value, assuming you don’t need 200+ mile range.

With DCFC, even 76 miles range could’ve met 99% of your needs. SparkEV meets 100% of my needs that do not require hauling cargo thanks to DCFC. Since I still carry cargo sometimes (eg. fallen tree, plywoods from Lowes), no EV would meet those needs other than Tesla X + trailer.

But when Tesla 3 with tow package is out, that could meet 99.994% (four sigma) of my needs, including cargo.

Biggest problem with shorter range is having to stop 30 min to make it where you’re going, if there’s even a QC on the way. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to drive the other car because of this. Even more nuts is that in a lot of these cases, L2 charging at the destination also would have solved the problem.

A 110 mile EV would have solved nearly all of these issues, and a 150 mile EV would have solved all that I can think of.

I forgot to mention the DC quick charge! Another $750 difference between FFE and Bolt. On a 100 mile EV, I’m not sure that’s quite enough for me to make it a road trip car, though. For example, a 300 mile trip from Philadelphia to Saratoga, while possible, would be a bit of a pain with the FFE. I’m assuming 3 stops of 30 minutes each to make it work. This assumes CCS chargers are working and not already in use. A bit of a gamble to take 3 times on 1 trip. In the Bolt, only 1 stop would be necessary. Either way, I’m not sure I have the patience or flexibility to go with the flow on a 300 mile trip if DC chargers aren’t numerous and reliable. Also, even if I felt confident traveling 300 miles in these cars, I’m not sure either would work in terms of trunk space for a family trip. The Model 3 with the supercharger network plus front and rear trunks seems like a much more viable road trip car. Even if the superchargers get congested, the charge rate is so much faster than CCS, I would think one would still mostly… Read more »

Very true about not having reliable DCFC infrastructure nowadays. It’s very nominal. Most often here on the east coast it’s just one charger per location. That’s soon going to be history. One charger per location simply doesn’t compute for making long distance trips. It really looks as tho there will be reliable nationwide coverage of 150 kW chargers by around 2020. So that’s good news.

For really far road trip, I’m hauling cargo (lots of people, “tons” of suitcases, etc), so EV won’t work. There are places even Tesla supercharger may not allow (for now), so even Tesla 3 + trailer may not work. That’s when I use my Astro van. With such inefficient engine, the heater is extremely good.

One of the best things that the Ford Focus Electric has going for it is it looks like a regular car it doesn’t look like a clown car if they can only put some range in it. I’ve already shopped them but it was just a little shy on Range so I refrained.

Great news from Ford… but did they get rid of the cargo area bump… or is it worse from the bigger battery?

Same enclosure, they are the upgraded/higher density LG Chem cells

If Ford can make a similar class car with 230 miles and a flat floor it would be my first choice for purchase. The interior and handling are spectacular.

Agreed. I really like the interior of my FFE. I haven’t seen the interior of a Bolt in person, but from videos and reviews, it certainly seems as though Ford comes out ahead in that category.

Well for me, I’d gladly pay the $9000 extra to get the almost 2 1/2 times greater range of the new Bolt.

Ford is starting to make compelling EV products but I still have some misgivings about FORD battery aging, similar to nagging concerns about Nissan.

Their resale value in my area has been attrocious – selling for 1/3 the list price after 2 years. Since they were SO CHEAP I almost bought a used one myself, but I didn’t like the particular car I looked at and, in my area there was only a SINGLE car offered for sale within the 70-80 mile driving range to get it to the nearest public charging station.

Ford’s Mark Fields stated yesterday “Ford is investing $4.5B in electrification and mobility over the next 5 years”.

I’m not superenthused about autonomous driving, but I would like to see a new ford ev product here and there.

We really are tantalizing close to a world where long range EVs are affordable and plentiful. For now, options are still limited. Regarding your comment about it being worth the extra $9k, I know it’s nitpicking, but 238 is closer to 2x 115 than 2.5. When you add in the DC charging ($750 option on Bolt, included on FFE), you’re getting closer to $10k to basically double the range. If you’re someone in need of that added range, I imagine it might be worth the extra $10k. For me, the need is so rare, that I’ll rent a car for the handful of times it’s an issue. Those car rentals might cost a total of a few hundred $, but won’t come close to $10k. Even on a lease where the differences in $ would be smaller, I would most likely come out ahead. Mostly, I’m just excited that this conversation is possible.

Also, apologies for the handful of extra, unnecessary commas in that post. Been a long time since English class, lol.

The reason I used $9000 and 2.5 X is I’m betting GM’s ratings are more conservative than Ford’s. Ford has had to eat crow over overstating their ICE car’s gas mileage and had to issue free-gas debit cards for some of them. Some test drives have shown the bolt can go 300 miles with a light foot in moderate weather.

I don’t need, nor want the $750 fast-charge option. For those who do, fine, but I don’t.

Makes sense. For those with the means, it’s certainly better to have 238 miles than 115. If I’m not mistaken, the ranges of 115 vs. 238 miles are EPA estimates not statements from Ford or GM, but I admittedly don’t entirely understand the process of determining those numbers. Drivers of FFEs (myself included) are able to get 100 miles out of their 76 mile range in good weather with gentle driving. That’s about 33% over the EPA range. 33% over the Bolt’s range would be 316 miles, so it’s not a surprise that gentle drivers can achieve that with a Bolt. As far as CCS, I can say after 3 years with a FFE that doesn’t have it, I am looking forward to having the option.

I wonder what reservation number ford has for a three ? Or will they pay scalper prices. I think they will wait for the three to come out before they start releasing info on their plus 200 mile car

I bet with 5$ of duct tape I could improve the highway range 10%…

I think on the east coast where there is a dense population of CCS chargers the FFE makes a lot of sense. People that don’t need the longer range on a regular basis could take advantage of the lower cost of the 2017 FFE and could still take longer trips charging from CCS station to CCS station when needed. In Texas and most of the middle of the country for that matter you need the longer range of the Bolt just to go between cities. For example, a lot of people travel between DFW and Austin on a regular basis. The Bolt can go the whole distance only charging at CCS stations but the FFE would have to have one long L2 charging stop. Traveling from Texas to Colorado by EV you could CCS charge in Yukon, OK and with an overnight charge in Garden City, KS plus a couple of short day time charges you could make to the next CCS charge in Colorado Springs, CO. With the FFE you would have many L2 charging stops between Yukon and Colorado Springs and you would have to charge and go all night all night long. There are many, many cases… Read more »

Will the new model package the battery better? I recall that the current / old Focus EV has a huge rectangular battery box behind the back seats, taking up a lot of cargo space. It really diminishes the value of the car IMHO.