The battery pack now holds 33.5 kWh of juice, where before it offered just 23 kWh. According to CarScoops, that extends the Ford Focus Electric’s range to 225 km (about 140 miles), although it’s been suggested that the official EPA rating of the American version will likely come in around 115 miles. The discrepancy can likely be chalked up to differences in test cycles.
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric’s standard Combined Charging System (CCS) plug also adds compatibility with DC fast-charging, which allows the battery pack to jump from flat to 80-percent charge in as little as half-an-hour. As CarScoops reports, Ford is also working with other major automakers like BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz to expand Europe’s fast-charging infrastructure, initially targeting 400 sites for charging stations capable of delivering up to 350 kW of power.
Orders for the new, 2017 Ford Focus Electric can now be placed in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.