Mild Hybrid Ford Fiesta and Focus Set For 2020 Launch

Ford has announced mild hybrid versions of its Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost models expecting to bring them to market by next year.

The Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrids feature a system that replaces the alternator with a belt-driven integrator starter-generator (BISG) that can recover and store energy while also acting as a motor. It uses the energy stored from braking and while at tick-over to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

Ford claims the system employs electric energy to boost torque from the three-cylinder, 1.0-liter gasoline EcoBoost engine. The carmaker says the system allows for the use of larger turbochargers which reduce the levels of turbo lag experienced by previous engines. Mild hybrid systems are also due to be featured in Ford’s new LCVs to be on sale later this year including the Transit two-tonne, Transit Custom and Transit Custom MPV.

More details of the carmaker’s powertrain electrification strategy will be announced by Ford of Europe incoming chairman Steven Armstrong and incoming president Stuart Rowley in Amsterdam next week. Armstrong said other “environmentally sustainable vehicles” would be launched at the event.

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