Toyota FT-EV Electric Concept at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

Ftevconcept

  • Looks like: Toyota took a Smart idea, electrified it, and added flowers
  • Defining characteristics: Small footprint, electric powertrain
  • Ridiculous features: 50-mile range
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Toyota says it will bring a similar vehicle to market by 2012

This is the first look at Toyota’s big electric push into the U.S. market. The FT-EV concept is based on the iQ micro-car on sale in Japan (think Smart car with four seats). Yeah, we think that’s pretty small, too. But get this: The all-electric concept — which looks to pack just two seats — will run on a home charge for 50 miles. Enough for most urban cubicle-hounds to get to work and back.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much more information on this concept. Toyota says it is a “pure concept,” meaning it doesn’t want to spill the beans about what a production version would pack in terms of features, size or capability. But if it is meant for production in 2012, the real deal better be taking shape now, with a concrete vehicle hitting the show circuit next year. More photos below. 

Comments 

Troy S.

Nice... I'd like to see more interior shots and an MPG estimate.

Pretty small? Actually, this car is twice as wide as it needs to be.

Since almost all drivers commute by themselves, an intelligent commuter car wouldn't have a passenger side.

Cars like this one don't help with traffic congestion because they, like 16 wheelers, city busses, and Hummers require one current standard lane width and therefore won't make traffic go faster during commuter times.

For better commuter car solutions, see the Naro or Tango websites or go to deletetheseats.org for links to the websites and more information.

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