Ford is planning an onslaught of new electrified vehicles that will be released in the next five years. The automaker announced it is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electric vehicles by 2020 “to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.”
By 2020 Ford will have added 13 new electrified vehicles to its model lineup, which means that more than 40 percent of the automaker’s global models will have electrified versions. Currently the company offers electrified versions of the Fusion, C-Max and Focus. Today, the Focus Electric is the only fully-electric vehicle and Ford has announced some updates to the 2017 model.
The 2017 Focus Electric will be offered with DC fast-charge capability, which means drivers will be able to recharge it up to 80 percent in a mere 30 minutes. DC fast charging is already offered by many of the Focus Electric’s competitors, like the VW Golf EV and Chevy Spark EV. Ford is also adding a new SmartGauge with EcoGuide cluster that will let drivers see real-time EV power usage. A new Brake Coach feature will also coach drivers on how to smooth their braking to maximize the energy captured through the Regenerative Braking System. The 2017 Focus Electric will be available in late 2016.
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