New models will feature 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine mated to 48V mild-hybrid unit and part of major electrification project
James Attwood, digital editor
26 March 2019

Ford will launch mild-hybrid versions of the Fiesta and Focus in 2020, as part of the start of a “significant” electrification programme.

The two models will be launched at an event next week alongside mild-hybrid versions of its Transit van and Tourneo people mover. Ford also says it will reveal “significant electrification, commercial vehicle and SUV news” at the event, which will include a “diverse family of electrified powertrain solutions”.

Ford has previously announced that every vehicle it launches in the future, including new nameplates and new versions of existing models, will be offered with a mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric powertrain.

Named the Fiesta Ecoboost Hybrid and Focus Ecoboost Hybrid, the two models will feature Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine mated to a 48V belt-driven starter motor. The use of that system, which can deploy extra electrically generated torque under acceleration, has allowed Ford engineers to fit a larger turbocharger.

While Ford has not yet given performance figures for the power unit, it says the Fiesta has anticipated CO2 emissions of 112g/km, with a fuel economy of 57.6mpg. It anticipates the Focus will achieve CO2 emissions of 106g/km and a fuel economy of 60.1mpg. These figures are NEDC-correlated numbers produced on the WLTP test cycle.

The two vehicles join the existing Mondeo Hybrid.

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26 March 2019

Found this from Autocar in 11 Dec 2015 "The Focus Electric's existence was confirmed as part of a new EV push from the company, which will see it add 13 new electric vehicles to its range by 2020 as well as providing electrified versions of 40% of its models. " all from Raj Nair CTO 

'13 new electric vehicles' , turns out FORD NOW have 1 less BEV with the demise of the electric Focus. So 13 new electric vehicles with 8 months, good luck with that!

26 March 2019

The fact that it is 48volts tells us nothing. Without knowing the power of the motor generator and the storage capacity of the battery (in kWhr), it's impossible to gauge how serious this is. It may be just powerful enough to stick a "Hybrid" badge on the back and legally cheat the official fuel tests, or it may be a proper hybrid that can deliver efficiency in the real world.

My guess is that this development is led by Bosch or another Tier 1 supplier, who have successfully sold low cost 48v integrated starter motor generator systems to most of the industry as a simple way of boosting corporate average fuel efficiency.     

26 March 2019

There's every chance this could pay for itself in 3 years, before breaking down and needing another 3 years of saving to pay for the repair bill.  (Sarcasm)

26 March 2019

Took a while for them to catch up.

.....despite having a Battery Electric Escort back in the day.

26 March 2019 the smaller and lighter Fiesta anticipated to have higher CO2 emissions than the bigger and heavier Focus?

26 March 2019

The intent must surely to jump late onto the electrification bandwagon which is fair enough. Late is late but better than too late. What would be interesting is to know the context of where VW and PSA is for their equivalent offerings. I'd like Autocar to give us a view on the projected market volumes of these cars so as to judge their potential impact - and yes if that is Tier 1 technology that could be bolted on to other vehicles.

26 March 2019

A current 1L ecoboost Fiesta has a CO2 rating of 107-113 (manual) and 127-130 (auto). 

A current 1L ecoboost Focus has a CO2 rating of 107-111 (manual) and 126-128 (auto)

A Toyota Corolla Hybrid has a CO2 rating of 76-89

It will be interesting to understand why the new Fiesta (112) /Focus (106) Hybrid's have such a reletively high CO2 rating, and why the Focus is lower than the Fiesta (battery size?)


26 March 2019

These mild hybrid systems seem to be popular with manufacturers who's fallen behind a bit and need SOMETHING with "hybrid" in it to advertise

That Ford need to promote something like this a YEAR ahead of launch shows that it's being driven by the need for good headlines

26 March 2019

My car has the old Honda IMA system. It's very good within its limitations, bringing with it roughly a 10% fuel consumption benefit for relatively little extra weight and cost. But it's nowhere near as good as a diesel with its huge advantage in thermal efficiency and more energy dense fuel...

Toyota's heavier, more costly HSD system gives bigger benefits. But this is not just because of its more powerful hybrid system, but also because of the combination of this, the Atkinson Cycle combustion engine and the e-CVT transmission. Ford at least had the good sense to install this license-built Toyota system into the Mondeo hybrid!    


26 March 2019

So Ford is finally building a Prius...too late.

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