Confirming its plans to launch a battery electric urban commuter vehicle by 2012, Toyota revealed the FT-EV -- a battery electric vehicle (BEV) concept -- during the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The FT-EV concept builds on the huge success of the iQ urban commuter vehicle in Japan, with which it shares a platform. The iQ is lightweight and seats four passengers, while delivering exceptional mileage, sporty performance, unique refinements and a fun, youthful image.
Toyota's FT-EV concept imagines an urban dweller who drives up to 50 miles between home, work and other forms of public transportation, such as high-speed rail. More information on Toyota's other electric vehicle concepts, including the FT-EV II can be found here.
FT-EV Concept Details
|Overall Length (in)||120|
|Number of Seats||3 + 1|
|Power Output (kW)||45kW|
|Cruising Distance||Target 50 mile (80km)|
|Maximum Speed||70 mph|
|Charging Time (hr)||100V-120V: 7.5Hr|
*Charging Capacity 4kW