Perhaps Toyota has discovered that people are shrinking. The company's latest all-electric concept, the FT-EV II, will make its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. What's amazing about the FT-EV II is that it is "more compact than ultra-compact "iQ", but still with seating for four," according to Toyota. As you are doubtlessly aware, the iQ is not exactly a large vehicle. Toyota says that elimination of traditional vehicle remnants, like brake and acceleration pedals, gives the interior more room than might be expected.
In any case, the FT-EV II gets down to the essentials of a city-use electric vehicle. It's only got a range of 90 km (56 miles) and a top speed of 62 mph. Futuristic touches in the FT-EV II concept include drive-by-wire joystick controls, a dye-sensitized solar panel, electric sliding doors and see-through LED rear combination taillights. Toyota says that the EV is "designed for short distances, and it is based on the idea of a future mobility society in which EVs are common, and means of transport are divided according to purpose, the characteristics of the energy to be used and the status of the supply infrastructure." We like.