The Ford electric car contender is based on their Focus, and I have to say, it seems to be doing its best to blend in.
The only way you could distinguish the Ford Focus Electric from the regular gas-guzzling Ford Focus, apart from the illuminated plug-in circle instead of a gas cap, is that the electric model is a bit heavier and a bit peppier than its fire-breathing double. Otherwise, they're pretty much the same car.
How's that for stealth?
UPDATE: I guess this model has been discontinued. There are still some available for sale as of 2018, in some places (Oregon, for instance).
How stupid would you have to be to build new electric cars nowadays with baby seal leather seats and petrol-based foam for sound deadening? Um, yeah. But not to worry, Ford has sidestepped this pothole with a fairly comprehensive snout-to-tail use of green materials in this new Ford Focus Electric. For example...
This part is really cool, or really creepy, depending on how old you are. More than Toyota, Chevy, or Nissan, Ford has really leaned heavily on the opportunity to use new technology in electric cars, no doubt reasoning that anyone who is likely to buy an electric car is also likely to be comfortable with a high level of connectivity.
Great, but we also use our cars for privacy in this increasingly un-private world. I guess "a few minutes away from Big Brother" is not an option in the new Ford electric car. Not that I'm complaining.
Distilled from Ford's EV website(pdf), with the usual snarky commentary interspersed:
Bottom line? I like it. I think Ford has paid attention and actually gone Nissan and Chevy one better with all the clever use of new electric car technology, if they didn't already have you at "free fuel forever and ever", which...yeah, they had me there. Oh, and I'll be grateful when someone develops the "stop looking over my shoulder" app for the SmartGauge. Thank you.