Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering, Kevin Layden recently said that the 100 miles range Ford Focus Electric, coming this fall is enough to make happy most of EV drivers.
“I think right now with the launch of the Focus Electric at 100 miles, it is going to satisfy a big chunk of the population. It’s going to be really affordable and a step up from where we are now.”
Layden said that the lower range enables the use of a smaller, lighter and less expensive battery pack. The reality is that a bigger battery wouldn’t fit in the trunk.
A battery capable of offering 200 miles range would require a dedicated EV platform, something that Ford isn’t interested at the moment.
At least Ford is committed to make EVs more affordable, so I expect a big price cut to make Ford Focus Electric survive the upcoming 200 miles range EVs.