Ford may return the all-electric Focus to the market. Autocar writes about this with reference to the chief designer of the European division of the company Murat Geler.
Alas, there is almost no specifics. In fact, the artist only hinted to the British publication that several battery models are currently in development, and the Focus Electric may become one of them. What it will be is not yet clear: judging by the small quote quoted, the question of proportions and even architecture is still open.
The original Ford Focus Electric was one of the first conditionally mass-produced electric vehicles: it appeared back in 2011 in the third-generation family, which was new at that time. The hatchback did not gain much popularity, but in the States it lasted a full life cycle – until 2018, having sold about 9.2 thousand units in the home market. In addition, since 2013, “Electrofocus” has been produced in German Zarlouis, but there it was discontinued by the spring of 2017 due to very tiny sales: it was about dozens of pieces per year.
Initially, the Ford Focus Electric was equipped with a lithium-ion battery from LG Chem cells with a capacity of 23 kilowatt-hours. In 2017, it was increased to 33.5 kilowatt-hours, thanks to which the power reserve on a single charge increased from 160 to 225 kilometers, but even after this increase, the American model lost in range to competitors like Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai. Ioniq Electric or Opel Ampera-e.
If the Focus Electric really gets a successor, then, most likely, it will not be a variation on the current fuel “Focus”, which was updated last month, but an independent model on a separate platform. For example, it can get the Volkswagen architecture MEB – following the crossover, which will begin to be produced in Cologne in 2023.