Ford disclosed the longer range on the window sticker of a Focus Electric that was on display at the show. The range jump is impressive, as it represents a 51-percent increase from the current Focus EV's 76 miles. In fact, the Focus EV's range is slightly longer than that of the Nissan Leaf (which is way overdue for a new-generation version), about the same as the current BMW i3, and a little shorter than the Volkswagen e-Golf's. Other changes to the 2017 Focus EV include the use of the combined charging system (CCS) platform and a larger door to the charging port. A Ford representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen.
Never robust to begin with, Ford Focus EV sales have slowed to a relative trickle recently, so the bump in range should help things. Through October, Focus EV sales in the US were down 48 percent from a year earlier to 705 units. Ford sold just 44 Focus EVs last month.
Granted, the 2017 Focus EV's range still falls well short of the 200-plus-mile range that EV shoppers will soon get from the Chevrolet Bolt and (later) the Tesla Model 3. Still, the electric Ford's 2017 model-year range was previously expected to be about 110 miles, so there's a small victory there. And a quiet one.