The new 2011 Ford Evos Concept is not just a design-led exercise. It also embodies the global Ford product development team’s move to design and develop vehicles as more than just an interior and exterior, or a collection of attributes.
2011 Ford Evos Concept Interior. A stylish and innovative cockpit promises new levels of driving pleasure and driver interaction. The interior architecture features clean and simple surfaces, with a muscular, athletic character to the slim upper instrument panel, enhanced by bold trapezoidal cut-outs. Contrasting these muscular forms, curvaceous cockpit display surfaces sweep down either side of the driver, providing secondary information about vehicle and infotainment systems.
The concept features a bold red driver’s seat and the vision of unprecedented driver interaction via an advanced driver interface. The two rear seat passengers get an equally special experience, with dedicated touch-screen displays to interact with the vehicle and individually adjustable sports seats.
2011 Ford Evos Concept Exterior. The trapezoidal grille is already a familiar feature on some current vehicles, but strong geometrical forms as seen with the slit headlights, will be incorporated in future cars. Also note the simple, strong, belt-line down the side, and the strong rear fender.
2011 Ford Evos Concept Engines and Transmissions. Ford ‘powersplit’ hybrid architecture allows the electric motor and petrol engine to work together or separately to maximise efficiency. The advanced powertrain typically runs in all-electric mode before switching to charge-sustaining hybrid mode for continued optimal fuel efficiency.
The performance of Ford’s advanced PHEV technology, which offers an overall driving range of more than 500 miles (800 kilometres) using the battery and engine – more than any other plug-in or extended-range electric vehicle.
The plug-in hybrid system used in the Evos is very real, as it will power the C-Max Energi slated for production next year. The Evos would adapt its power train, along with steering and suspension, to its driver and environment.