Report Card: Launching the Ford Evos Concept
Ford’s Evos Concept Heads for the ‘Clouds’
Making its global debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Ford Evos Concept represented the ultimate expression of Ford’s new global design language, and explores key future powertrain and vehicle technologies.
Created as a modified concept vehicle, the fastback introduces Ford’s first truly global design language as the momentum of the company’s One Ford product plan continues to build.
While Ford said it’s unlikely the Evos will become a production car, the next generation of Ford products around the world will display many of the distinctive design ideas and advanced technologies it showcased.
The concept’s technology experience embraces a new generation of driver interaction and awareness currently under development in the Ford Research and Innovation laboratories.
Seamless connectivity between the vehicle and the driver’s ‘personal cloud’ of information is at the heart of the vision for its capabilities.
With information from the cloud, the vehicle can provide the same connected lifestyle the driver experiences at home or office. The car knows the driver, and automatically adapts handling, steering and engine controls to deliver an exceptionally dynamic driving experience.
While today’s Ford products provide drivers with many personalization options, cloud connectivity will enable future Ford vehicles to take the experience to the next level.
Drawing from a detailed understanding of the driver’s preferences and driving habits, the Ford Evos Concept combines this personal information with additional data from the cloud, such as the driver’s work schedule and local traffic or weather conditions.
This information provides a personalized and seamless experience as the driver transitions in and out of the car.
It could automatically play the same music or news program that was just streaming at home, or heat or cool the interior to an ideal temperature before the driver gets in without having to be requested by predicting departure time based on his calendar.
Wirelessly communicating with devices in the home, it could close the garage door and switch off the lights automatically as it pulls away.
Completing the vision for the Ford Evos Concept is a state-of-the-art lithium-ion plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain providing the same next-generation performance and fuel economy as the Ford C-MAX Energi scheduled for introduction in North America in 2012 and Europe in 2013.
Cloud connectivity would provide further opportunities to enhance performance and efficiency by selecting the optimum combination of powertrain modes for any given journey.