The 2017 Ford Focus Electric will feature a roughly 115-mile single-charge range thanks to a new 33.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack, going by the sticker on a display vehicle at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show that was spotted by the folks over at Green Car Reports.
If that sticker on the display car turns out to be accurate, then that means that the new 33.5 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack will put the 2017 model on par with many other electric offerings out there — even if a fair bit below the 2017 Chevy Bolt.
The move would be accompanied by, if rumors are to be believed, the refresh of the BMW i3 (both appearance and battery pack) and the presumed refresh of the Nissan Leaf (which we’ve heard from two industry insiders will use a 60 kWh battery, providing a range of ~200 miles or more). Volkswagen will reportedly be increasing the range of the e-Golf notably in the near future as well— though, a timeframe for the refresh has yet to be revealed.
Currently, the Ford Focus Electric possesses an EPA-rated single-charge range of only 76 miles. So, an increase to a 115-mile range would represent a roughly 50% rise.
This is close to — but a bit better than — the ~100-mile range people previously highlighted (see here and here) when it was leaked that the 2017 Ford Focus Electric would have a 33.5 kWh battery pack.
Reportedly, the 2017 Ford Focus Electric will also feature compatibility with the combined charging system (CCS) fast-charging standard, which matches with the recent news concerning Ford’s involvement in a pan-Europe electric vehicle high power (up to 350 kW) fast-charging station buildout over the next few years.