I went looking for images of the Ford Comuta electric car, and stumbled across this video. It's in French, so I have no idea what the narrator is saying, but the cars speak for themselves.
The first car . . . the small silver microcar that looks like an oddly-shaped Isetta or Heinkel, is really a French creation known as L'Oeuf. Built by Paul Arzens in 1942, this car was featured on the blog back in August of 2008.
The Ford Comuta, an experimental electric car from 1967 can be seen later in the video. This video certainly makes the French appear to be "ahead of the curve".
(The photo of the Comuta is courtesy of Ford Motor Company.)