2020 Ford Fiesta Gets Fuel-Saving Mild Hybrid Technology
The Ford Fiesta is next up to be electrified and offered as a Mild Hybrid. Read more about the changes here.
Jun 17, 2020
After almost 45 years, the nation’s favourite supermini is going electric. That’s right, the much-loved Ford Fiesta city-car has just been given the electric treatment and receives a new 48-volt battery with mild hybrid technology that promises enhanced power and better efficiency.
So how does mild-hybrid technology work?
The new Mild Hybrid (mHEV) Fiesta will run on its regular award-winning EcoBoost petrol engine but will be assisted by an electric sidekick to boost the Fiesta’s on-board efficiency and achieve fuel savings up to 10%. The 48V lithium-ion battery is automatically charged through regenerative braking, so you don't need to worry about ever charging it yourself.
It’s the perfect first step on the electric vehicle ladder for anybody who isn’t quite ready to go fully electric yet but wants to make more eco-friendly decisions about driving. (If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready to make the leap, why not find out in less than 20 seconds?)
Not only is the Ford Fiesta the brand’s best-selling model in Europe, but it has been electrified and upgraded in 2020 for an improved driving experience overall.
You’ll be able to choose from two powertrains – either the 123bhp or the 153bhp (with 240Nm of torque). As for the Fiesta’s non-hybrid powertrains – well they get the latest generation 1.0 EcoBoost petrol option and a new 7-Speed dual-clutch automatic transmission available with the 124bhp 1.0-litre. So whether you choose to go hybrid or not, you can count on optimised fuel efficiency and less CO2 emissions in either boat.
Alongside mild-hybrid technology, the Ford Fiesta also receives new and improved driving assistance such as Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go technology on Automatic transmissions) and Traffic Sign Recognition – ideal for motorway and city driving.
Roelant de Waard, Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Service for Ford of Europe, said: “Adding EcoBoost Hybrid technology to Fiesta’s best-in-class driving dynamics means customers can have even more power and still go further on a tank of fuel.”
He added: “The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid will help Ford bring the benefits of electrification to more drivers than ever before.”
Ford’s pledge to offering an electrified version of every passenger car in its European range is well underway and we can expect to see at least 18 electric vehicles in the new Ford electric range on sale before the end of 2021.
Prices start at £19,949.