Evos – Ford Unveils a Beautiful New Hybrid Electric Concept

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Today Ford unveiled the brand new Evos concept car in Berlin, Germany, and Cali Lewis and I were fortunate enough to be there for the unveiling of this jaw-droppingly beautiful model of modern technology.

The new Ford Evos concept is similar to the Chevy Volt in that both are electric hybrids. Each of these vehicles can drive around for up to 50 miles using nothing but electric power, and each can also motivate themselves down the road using their traditional gasoline engines.

Of course, one major difference is that you can actually go out and purchase a Chevy Volt right now, while the Evos is still just a concept. That being said, Ford is promising that we’ll begin to see elements of the Evos present in vehicles starting as early as next year.

Ford Evos Design Elements

Like other concept cars, the Evos is the embodiment of the dreams of a team of talented designers. It’s absolutely loaded with all of the latest lust-inducing technology, and it has a body that just won’t quit. If Ford could package up the Evos and roll it out the door to showrooms today, at even a moderately reasonable price, I’m sure they would sell out immediately.

Ford says the new Evos concept serves as a model for a number of design elements that we’ll see across a wide range of Ford nameplates in the years to come. After the unveiling today Cali caught up with J. Mays, Fords Head of Design, and we’ll get that video up in the next day or so. In the meantime here are a few observations:

  • The most immediately striking thing about the Evos are the 4 gull-wing doors. Although they are the most beautiful part of the concept, sadly I doubt we’ll ever see anything like these in a production vehicle.
  • A sporty new 4 seater profile was imagined for the Evos, which has the sort of raw sex appeal that makes you want to just get in and drive the car. Everyone I talked to who saw the Evos immediately loved it – which is an impressive feat considering that individual taste in cars varies wildly!
  • Super thin slit LED lights occupy a much smaller section of the faceplate, leaving more room for wind-tunnel friendly bumper sculpting, and looking extremely high-tech.
  • A single center-mounted exhaust at the rear is reminiscent of the Porsche Boxster, or several other purebred sports cars, conjuring up images of performance.
  • The Evos’ non-traditional sunroof design stretches down the center of the cabin and ultimately blends into the rear window, giving back seat passengers the ability to look up as well as those in the front seat.

Which of these elements get baked into new designs is anyone’s guess, but I’d wager a bet that the new grill, thin LED headlights, the full length sunroom, and swooping wind-tunnel friendly body designs are here to stay.

Ford Evos Technology Re-Imagined

I had dinner with Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, and we discussed many of the design and technology elements present in the new Evos concept. Today, after the official unveiling I also caught up with him and we did a quick video interview, which I will also have uploaded within the next day or two. So keep an eye out for that.

Meanwhile, a few of the technology concepts Ford imagines:

  • Ford imagines a day when they operate a data cloud which stores your personal information, preferences, tasks and more, and helps keep you organized.
  • Not only does the cloud organize data, but it can help you with scheduling. For example, imagine Ford checking your Google calendar and seeing that you have an early meeting with a colleague. So you set your alarm clock to get up early. The Ford cloud sees that your meeting partner has cancelled during the night, so the system re-sets your clock to give you an extra hour of sleep!
  • The Ford technology platform is also envisioned to provide a ton of vehicle tuning and customization to fit your driving preferences, even based on road conditions. For example, I’m a real driving enthusiast, so my car might suggest an alternate route that people in my social network have indicated is a great “drivers road”. When I start getting agressive, the car can firm up the suspension, mute my phone calls to minimize driver distraction, and even monitor my heart rate to see if I’m getting a little too excited.
  • Another unique concept that Ford has thrown out would be to place large induction charging mats in garages, where the Evos (or it’s derivatives) could park on a giant charging mat and power up without needing a physical plug. Kind of like most electric toothbrushes nowadays – only much, much bigger.

Ford Evos Concept Car Photos

What good is talking about a beautiful concept car? After all, pictures are worth 1,000 words! So here are about 70,000 words worth of pics to drool over! All of these were taken at today’s unveiling. Some, just for fun. Most, of the Evos Concept Car (red one) and its model (the yellow one).

As always, click on any image to see a larger version, and keep clicking to get to the biggest one.

So, what do you think? Is this thing magnificent, or what?

Article Written by
John P.

John P. is CEO of Livid Lobster and co-host of Geek Beat TV. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Comments

  1. Kyle Johnson says:

    Wow, that is a great looking car! And if it makes it past concept, there will finally be a production car Ford’s producing worth actually caring about.

  2. Stunning design, leading technique: seems to be a great car. Hopefully Ford will make it this time.

  3. Kate says:

    Wow! Looks really great!

  4. Dave Cynkin says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this glimpse with us car nuts, John (and Cali)!

    I’m a little biased, having a couple Fords in the driveway, and having been delivered to kindergarten in a ’69 Mustang…but I’m pretty impressed to see Ford pushing hard for progressive designs and continually improving functionality. Being a serious car nut, I’ve driven and owned lots of cars and SUV’s from all makers, and my critical mind thinks striking the balance between pleasing design and intuitive user interface is (unfortunately) infrequently achieved at the consumer level by most. While this Ford concept may not make it to the curbside intact, there’s no doubt some measure of purposeful functionality will, and the design concept will trickle down to a NHTSA and DOT approved version which will present itself as a high value people mover (hopefully with some attention paid to driving enthusiasm as well, let us pray).

    After visiting NAIAS this past Winter, it was apparent that very few automakers were bold enough to offer more than a new model or two and a facelift here or there. Ford was one of the few that seemed to take a fresh cut at design (a nice one at that, which hasn’t been easy to say here in the US in the past oh….30 years?), increased performance capability, and serious fuel efficiency nearly across the board. Impressed the hell out of me. I used to think most American vehicles were crap–because there were few domestic makers putting forth efforts that would elicit any other conclusion. It was as if the creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and quality soul from the 50′s had been completely lost in favor of accounting checks and balances. In the past few years, I’ve seen Ford make purposeful, continual strides forward and it reminds me of the way the auto industry once was here in the US…A place for real achievement and serious competition versus international makers. This hasn’t been a reality for a long, long time.

    [posted this in G+ stream as well]

    Best,

    Dave Cynkin
    Co-Founder, Sleep Deprivationist & Thrill Seeker
    BlogWorld & New Media Expo

  5. It is sexy. I look forward to seeing the video interview. Sigh.

  6. Jason Stapels says:

    It’s a very beautiful concept, but I can’t help but feel multiple Aston Martin influences all over it.

  7. fas says:

    Beautiful concept, can’t believe it is Ford.

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