As the author of that article mentioned, the lack of any floor divider in front means the potential for stuff to roll or slide across and jam or block one of the pedals is a real concern. This is especially true if the pedals come up from the floor instead of hanging down. The Think City was like that, and I was very careful the week I drove it back in the '90s not to put anything on the passenger-side floor or seat that could move. I'm not a fan of this. It doesn't take much, just a narrow 2-3" tall divider to eliminate the problem.
In contrast, I do like a fold down or up to the side armrest between the front seats, as it makes front/rear access, especially with a flat floor, much easier. The Element had this. Naturally, you give up storage space.
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].
The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.