The electric version of the current Ford Focus in general isn’t bad, actually is pretty good, however since it was built on a very dated platform designed only for internal combustion engines, it’s a compromise.
I don’t mind shared platforms, where different powertrains share the same platform, actually I see plenty benefits in it. However, the Ford Focus Electric was a lazy and messy conversion where Ford just placed the battery into the trunk, making it pretty much useless.
The good news is that the fourth generation Ford Focus coming next year, will be built on a new platform, the old C platform will be replaced by the C2 – that will handle different powertrains. The new platform allows the Ford Focus to be 50 kg lighter and have a 50 mm longer wheelbase, all this helps to move the battery from the trunk to under the seats – without compromising interior space.
If Ford does things right, it can make the new Focus a very successful car. I hope that they get some inspiration from the Hyundai IONIQ that it’s available in three variants (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all electric). Maybe they should ask LG Chem for some help…
With the new high energy dense NCM 811 battery cells coming next year, it would be easy to put a 50 kWh battery into the 2019 Ford Focus Electric without compromising interior space.
Finally, the next generation Ford Focus will be officially revealed early next year and should be available in the summer. While I don’t expect much from Ford, I’m an optimistic and would really love to see a nice alternative the to the Hyundai IONIQ. What do you think?
As a bonus, below you have a video where Yuri and Jakub compare the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf with the 2017 Ford Focus Electric. I really like the funny, yet informative reviews from those two.