Charliedog
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My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:37 am

My 2013 Focus Electric with 34000 miles on it is having its 23 KW battery replaced due to an internal coolant leak in one of the packs. As of this past Friday my new 33.5 KW battery was in transit to my dealer. It is going to be a new adventure to have almost 50 percent more capacity and range. It is my understanding that the replacement battery will have full warranty which will extend the life of my 2013 Focus Electric to a ripe old age for an EV. Thank goodness that the warranty covers this as it would have surely been an early grave if I had to pay for the new battery at over $23,000. I will post an update when I get my car back.

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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:46 am

Congrats. I had my 2012 battery replaced just over a year ago. Make sure they don't forget to put the coolant back in...my dealer forgot that step. They also forgot to ensure all the high voltage connections were nice and snug. almost a year following the battery replacement I got the stop safely now again but turned out to be the HV connection near the passenger side rear wheel well.

Charliedog
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:47 am

Finally got my car back last Thursday. Had to wait for the battery to come from the manufacturer. Range has greatly improved over old 23 KW battery. I am now getting between 115 and 120 mile range without using Air or Heat.

Charliedog
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Wed May 01, 2019 3:58 am

After about a week I can comfortably say I am getting 130 Mile Plus range on a full charge.

tinilk
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Mon May 06, 2019 8:16 am

Charliedog that's great to hear! My 2014 is also at the dealership waiting for a replacement battery pack which should arrive next week. They only approved having it replaced after the 5th time that it was towed to the dealer over the past 16 months. I've posted most of the history in Carbuff's thread since he was going through a similar ordeal during the whole of last year: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=4200&start=200

I don't even know whether a coolant leak is to blame in my case. I only ever saw SSN errors (which always left the car inoperable) after driving in rain, so I was sure the problem was water getting into the battery through the lower driver's side HV battery connection. However the diagnosis which finally resulted in the OK for a replacement from Ford, was that they noticed a large drop in voltage output from the battery after it was warmed up from driving it for awhile. I assume the conclusion was that several cells must be damaged, but they haven't said anything about what may have been the cause.
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krox
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Sun May 12, 2019 12:34 am

What is the available capacity Ford Focus Electric 2017? Where is it released and who is the developer of the modules?

James
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Thu May 30, 2019 9:08 am

I have a 2012 FFE that is currently at the dealer for a warranty HV battery replacement. The dealer has confirmed that I am to get a re-manufactured battery and not a new one (part number CM5Z 10B759 TARM). I'm really interested to know if you received a new battery or a used one?

tinilk
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Thu May 30, 2019 10:08 am

James, I got my 2014 back on May 24th with the replacement battery. I received a 23 kWh pack, NOT a new 33.5 kWh one. At no time did the manager at the dealership mention the size of the replacement pack. I didn't ask either, because I haven't heard of *anyone's* replacement pack being the smaller original capacity. Everyone I've heard of up until now has received the bigger pack with a 50% range bump.

It sounds like you and I are unlucky owners #1 and #2 to receive a refurbished 23 kWh pack, or I suspect maybe my "new" pack has been sitting around since the production run for 2016 cars -- Forscan indicates an estimated battery pack age of 33 months (!) and approximately 18.5 kWh capacity at 100% SOC. I was expecting 19.0 - 19.5 kWh so it does seem my "new" pack may have lost some capacity since manufacture.

I assume Ford has decided they've used up too much of the 33.5 kWh inventory with pack replacements so we owners with 2016s or older get the short end of the stick going forward. Last year they did give me an Extracare extended warranty, as partial compensation for not having my car for 9 months while it sat at the dealer awaiting suggestions from Ford's engineers of what else to test. I would have preferred the extra range, or maybe a refund of those 9 months of car payments. I should still send a whiney letter and see if Ford Corporate will throw me a bone. Any size bone would be welcome after this fiasco!
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Thu May 30, 2019 10:34 am

Note that they don't make the FFE anymore and it is likely don't make the batteries anymore either. Thus any replacements going forward would have to be refurbished.

The lucky ones to get the larger pack happened to need a replacement while the FFE was still in production (or shortly thereafter when new packs were still available).
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James
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Re: My 23 KW battery is being replaced

Thu May 30, 2019 1:34 pm

This is certainly not good news - this should make other owners (especially of newer cars) very, very worried. This says to me that Ford is no longer manufacturing new packs. What will happen to the 2018 cars when it is 2026 and "newest" replacement packs available are AT LEAST 8 years old?? Will Ford even provide warranty support a few years down the road, or will they just decide to start buying cars back when things go wrong. This has to make you wonder....

Although I can see the theory that "refurbished" packs are really new old stock, the fact that they have been using new 33.5 KW pack up until now seem to suggest that this there were no 23 KW packs sitting around in a warehouse until very, very recently. Lithium Ion batteries also don't like to sit unused, and if left without periodic charge would likely go bad in short order. I have a feeling that Ford is building an inventory of USED packs that are testing within "acceptable" specifications - either from salvage vehicles or from other warranty replacements (there's two packs per car, and at least one pack from each warranty replacement is probably still 'good').

Although I've really enjoyed owning my car up until now, every contact I've had with Ford has left me with the impression that they view this car as pain-in-the-butt compliance necessity. Too bad - I feel this attitude has been a missed opportunity to really learn from the cars and the owners.

In any case, this doesn't seem as a reasonable solution to me - one group of owners end up with a car that has a new lease on life, while others are left worrying about another failure just past the warranty expiry. I'd honestly wish that they would have offered to buy back the car......

My dealer has asked me to provide "examples" of other cars that have had a new battery instead of a refurbished. I really appreciate any information that others would be willing to share, 'cause I really love to be able to give them a bunch....

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