DEARBORN, Michigan — The upgraded 2017 Ford Focus Electric vehicle will be capable of traveling 100 miles on a full charge, an improvement from the 76 miles today. It will go on sale at Ford dealerships in late 2016.
The 2017 Focus Electric will add DC fast charging, which will enable it to be recharged to 80 percent of capacity in about 30 minutes, two hours faster than today's version, Ford said in a statement on Thursday.
Other details on the 2017 Focus Electric include Brake Coach, a feature that teaches the driver how to use smooth braking to maximize energy to the car's battery and a SmartGauge with EcoGuide LCD instrument cluster, which features customizable displays that help the driver see real-time EV power usage.
Details about the 2017 Focus Electric were part of a larger Ford announcement that it plans to invest $4.5 billion on electrified-vehicle technology by 2020.
The Dearborn automaker plans add 13 new electrified vehicles to its product portfolio in that timeframe. More than 40 percent of Ford's lineup will be offered as a plug-in or hybrid in 2020.
"This represents Ford's largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period," the automaker said in a statement.
Details and pricing on the 13 new vehicles were not disclosed.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers can look forward to a new-and-improved Ford Focus Electric, as well as a large number of choices of Ford electrified vehicles in the future.