Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Reveal At Detroit: 2009 Toyota FT-EV Concept

Based on the iQ urban runabout, this diminutive city car is basically the same, but with a new twist of the electric-engine technology. Although it's a concept, the biggest Japanese automaker said that a production urban vehicle based on the concept is in the cards by 2012, and as many as ten different gas-electrics will be available from the company by "early 2010s."Toyota's FT-EV Concept imagines an urban dweller, driving up to 50 miles between home, work and other forms of public transportation, such as high-speed rail. Although, for now, the FT-EV remains a pure concept, it represents a natural pairing of product strategies.
Because it's a concept for now, so in the meantime, Toyota plans to roll out 500 plug-in new Prius hatchbacks worldwide, with 150 of those earmarked for U.S. fleet clients. Lease-only deliveries of these lithium-ion vehicles will begin late this year.

Source: [Toyota]

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