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Ford confirms next-gen Focus Electric model as part of EV charge

Date: 11 December 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The current Ford Focus Electric was facelifted in 2014

Ford has announced it will invest £3bn in electric vehicles by 2020.

The new push includes the firm adding 13 new vehicles to its range by 2020, meaning that 40% of the brand's line-up will have electric versions by the end of the decade.

The company has also confirmed it will be building a new Focus Electric model, which will feature a fast-charging option, meaning it can deliver an 80% charge in half an hour.

Ford claims this is two hours faster than the current-generation Focus Electric.

Range is expected to be around 100 miles, and the model will feature technology including a 'braking coach' feature, which is intended to help the driver brake smoothly, maximizing the energy captured through the regenerative braking system.

It will also display information relating to the vehicle's power usage to help maximise the efficiency of the vehicle.

"The challenge going forward isn't who provides the most technology in a vehicle but who best organises that technology in a way that most excites and delights people," said Raj Nair, executive vice-president, product development and chief technical officer at Ford.  

The company also announced it is expanding its European and Chinese battery research teams, allowing them to test new systems in virtual environments.

"Batteries are the life force of any electric vehicle, and we have been committed to growing our leadership in battery research and development for more than 15 years," said Kevin Layden, director of the Ford electrification programmes.