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Ford announces new Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid for next year

Ford has added a new alternator to recover electricity from its Li-ion battery

Ford of Europe has announced its new 48-volt mild-hybrid Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid. The electric vehicle line-up will become commercially available in 2020.

The models are built with a “sophisticated” mild-hybrid architecture, which will supposedly augment the vehicles’ fuel-efficiency.

Additionally, Ford has replaced the standard alternator with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG). This will allow the EcoBoost Hybrids to recover and store energy in its 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack and will operate the models’ electrical supporting functions. Normally, the energy would be lost when a hybrid would brake or coast. The BISG releases the battery’s energy during acceleration, providing torque assistance.

This system will give the cars a “punchier, more responsive performance, particularly at lower engine speeds”.

Ford said the Fiesta model will have an average fuel consumption of 4.9 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions reaching 112 grams per km. The Focus model will use 4.7 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions sit at an estimate 106 grams per km.

The company will unveil the models at its “Go Further” conference event in Amsterdam at the beginning of next month.

Steven Armstrong, group vice-president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, and incoming chairman, Ford of Europe said: “Our new Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models are examples of Ford’s commitment to deliver new, more environmentally sustainable vehicles, sophisticated technologies, and valued services for our customers, and we have many more examples to announce in Amsterdam next week and beyond.

“We’ve gone to every length to develop mild-hybrid powertrains for two of our most popular cars that will help keep cash in customers’ pockets while remaining true to the Ford ‘fun to drive’ philosophy.”

Ford had previously revealed the Mondeo Hybrid wagon back in January this year. The model features a full-hybrid architecture.

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