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Whats next, part II?

In my first Whats Next post I described some things that would be nice to have with the next generation of the Focus Electric.

Now I’m approaching my 1/2 point of my lease and have started considering what I may get following the FFE. I still really love the FFE as much as I did when I picked it up, and it still is my most favorite car that I’ve driven. Thus my personal preference would be to either pick up another FFE or just purchase the one I already have. That decision is highly dependent upon what Ford will be doing with the FFE over the next 18 months. I have a feeling that my timing will not be right: My lease will be up in May 2016. I don’t think any new next generation FFE will be available before fall of 2016… On the other hand, that may mean the deals for the 2016 FFEs at the time will be really good? or not?

Other possibilities include (in decreasing order of preference):

  • C-Max Energi
  • Fusion Energi
  • Tesla Model 3 (If available)
  • Another manufacturer’s EV

I kind of have two conflicting “requirements” here: I’d like to stay with Ford if possible, and I’d like to stay with a BEV if possible. If Ford drops the FFE completely that kills one or the other requirement. Nonetheless the next car will have a plug on it.

Of course I also have other considerations: Family. My son will be getting his license over the course of my next car’s ownership (can’t think of an easier car to drive/learn on than an EV. In addition a limited range EV may be perfect for a teen driver.)

So decisions, decisions…fortunately I still have 1.5 years to let all this roll around in my brain. We’ll see what falls out….

 

Now this is an interesting revelation..

Compact Ford Plug-in Hybrid Coming on new C2 Platform in 2018

This news all but confirms the plans for a “Focus Energi” coming in the near future (as Inside EVs also points out). The speculation there is that it will also include the Escape as a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid which would make a lot of sense for Ford to do since it was so successful with the old Escape Hybrid.

What will all this mean for the Focus Electric? Time will tell. Many worry that Ford will kill it at some point–I don’t have this pessimistic opinion simply because Ford needs the FFE to be in compliance with CARB laws (even if it has a stable of plug-in hybrids). My hope would be Ford would take the lessons learned with the FFE and apply them to larger cars–I’ve seen wild speculation that Ford would produce a 200 mile+ range BEV Lincoln MKS–now that would be some car! (I doubt that will happen though: Ford is far too conservative to attempt something that ambitious.)

Think about it though: Since Ford has recently been giving people many different powertrain options (look at the Fusion: you can get a standard engine, turbo, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid) they should also add EV to that mix (not necessarily for all models). Since many are on the same platform they could conceivably do this with the Focus, Escape, C-Max (although the article above seems to think the C-Max will be going away), and possibly the Fusion:

  • Standard gas engine
  • Ecoboost gas engine for more mpg
  • Hybrid for even more mpg
  • Plug-in hybrid for even more mpg
  • EV for no mpg

Even better yet: They should advertise that they have these things (when is the last–or even first–time you saw a Focus Electric commercial?).

 

More news about the Next Gen Focus

Autoexpress (a UK based site) has a long report about the next version of the Focus and more spy photos.

One of the interesting tidbits there is the addition of a “Focus Energi” model. For those people who want a plugin car but are afraid of the range. This seems like it is a simple thing to do since the C-Max is essentially a taller Focus and they are built at the same plant.

The article mentions about a 25 mile EV only range on the “Focus Energi” (The C-Max gets something like 21 miles). I think that its possible that it would get even more miles than that–perhaps a 30 mile EV only range (making it directly competitive with the Volt to some degree).

The article also mentions that the fully electric Focus will also continue to be produced. Hopefully this is true especially in light of the fact of the Energi version (I can easily see them killing the Electric one because the Energi version “has that covered” to some degree).

Wow, check out the taillights:
Focus Rear picture
Looks like a cluster of 3 gun barrels shooting back at the car behind it! LOL

We’ll find out for real in March (I was hoping that they would reveal the next Focus in Detroit though)….

(Keep in mind that most of the information in that article is pure speculation as no official Ford source is mentioned at all–all they have to go on is the few spy photos and an “inside source”.)

 

Things they are a changing…

Users of the My Ford Mobile website have been getting the following e-mail regarding the site and some changes that will be happening this weekend:

Dear Focus Electric MyFord Mobile User,

This email was sent to inform you of the changes to the Focus Electric version of the MyFord Mobile website and mobile app. In order to provide the best consumer experience the Focus Electric version of MyFord Mobile will be merged with the Plug-In Hybrid version to create a single, user-friendly interface.

On Sunday, October 13th, from midnight to approximately 8 AM Eastern Time, the Focus Electric MyFord Mobile website and mobile app will be unavailable as we perform the necessary updates. During this time, any charge settings you have previously entered will function properly but will not be able to be altered via MyFord Mobile; this includes both Value Charging and GO Times features.

How will this benefit you?

  • By combining the infrastructure of both the Focus Electric and Plug-In Hybrid versions of MyFord Mobile it will enable Ford to make future enhancements more quickly.

How will this impact you?

  • You will still be able to use your existing user name and password on the new site.  In the event that you have both a Focus Electric and a Plug-In Hybrid account, the Plug-In Hybrid account credentials will take precedence.
  • There will be a new MyFord Mobile app available for both iPhone and Android. The existing Focus Electric app will no longer function or receive updates. You will need to delete the existing app and download the new app.
  • To ensure the system is displaying the most recent vehicle and driving information, you should press the “Update” button immediately after logging into MyFord Mobile.
  • Your data will be migrated from the current version to the new version.
  • You will have to re-enter any Value Charge times after selecting the “Update” button.

In addition, as we streamline the user experience the following features will be affected:

  • The Discussion forum will become available one week later on October 20th
  • Trip Planner will be available only on the mobile app
  • Facebook and Twitter integration for driving achievements will be discontinued

We apologize for any inconvenience during this change as we make this change, and we wish many more all-electric miles in your future. Should you have any issues after the conversion please call the Customer Relationship Center at 1-800-392-3673. After the language prompt please select option 3 and then option 4 to be connected with the team that interacts with consumers on Ford’s In-Vehicle Technology.  The hours of operation are 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM M-F and 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday (Eastern Time).

Regards,

Beth Profitt
MyFord Mobile Manager, Connected Services
Ford Motor Company

Looks like Ford will be integrating the two sites: The Focus BEV site and the Fusion/C-Max PHEV site. Originally there was only one: www.myfordmobile.com that was split into two with the launch of the Fusion/C-Max Energi vehicles (about 18 months ago). So now we are going back to one site. My take on this is that it is most likely a good thing; perhaps even, the combined site will work better (I’m sure the PHEV site was getting more attention from the backend due to the high volume of PHEV vehicle sales).

Maybe the car will feel all new again–granted I’ve only had the car now for 3 months so it still feels pretty new anyway! LOL

I suspect that trip planning via MapQuest will still work properly (detailed in this post) since that is a feature of My Ford Touch and not My Ford Mobile.