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We're taking this news with a grain of salt for now, but Motor Trend is reporting that Toyota is hard at work on a fully electric supercar. If there's any truth to this report, Toyota President Akio Toyoda was so impressed after a spin in Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster that he immediately green-lit a feasibility study into the electric supercar project.
Lending at least an air of credence to this story is the fact that Toyota and Tesla are indeed working together in some as-yet-unknown capacity, and rumors of electric Toyota SUV mules powered by Tesla battery packs have abounded ever since the announcement was made. That said, some existing platforms converted to electric drive is a far cry from a completely new electric supercar.

In any case, Toyota's supposed electric supercar would theoretically go up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Cell, Audi e-tron and whatever BMW's Efficient Dynamics movement has cooking up. We should also point out that Toyota has indeed shown off a number of hybrid sportscar and electric vehicle concepts over the last few years, so such a project wouldn't be completely out of the blue.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If so, so much for trying to break a wine glass in the next commercial.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seems rather the smooth operator to not break the wine glass if you ask me - less rattling more going.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Electric motors still produce sound under high load...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is rather interesting that Toyota is working on a 'supercar' electric when they still have no regular sports cars in the lineup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        Thats why no ones buying them. And you make a good point. Build a sports cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1. And let me add that the sports cars they don't have isn't below 15k, is as light as the last MR2 Spyder, isn't under 15k, and isn't rear engined.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SC: no one has a sports car under 15k. Go back to 1992.
      Trish
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's a motor vehicle coming from Japan, it's probably awesome! These people are our saviours here in the U.S. -- During 70's,80's, Detroit was turning out hunks of junk.... rusting out under your gas pedal, jumping all over the place "at idle", this and that falling apart. Only when Toyota saved us (with tv's, stereos, cameras, etc.. too) did we get relief with nice, quiet running cars. Detroit followed and copied the technology, and thus, today some of the "American" made cars are light years better than they were when Detroit was the "only horse in town".

      I have a question: The Prius and other "half breeds" (half gas, half electric) seem to be popular (except for the hefty price, and overlook the sticking gas pedal rumor).. I am wondering how you would recharge the battery... or would you "turn in in" for a new one... and if you have to re charge the battery, where would you do this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shocking! Electrifying!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey look everybody!

      We bought out a company in need and now we're exploiting their technology but calling it our own!

      Whoopie!

      Then...instead of updating our sea of chopped liver and ben-gay...I mean beige...we're gonna waste money on a car that's unattainable to the working man and social security recipient!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electric supercar is a a contradiction. It just can't happen with today's technology. The energy density of batteries and the sustainable specific power of drive motors are both way lower than they'd need to be to be comparable to a gasoline powerplant. I'm all for development of better electric drive systems, but lets put them in applications that play to their strengths. Supercars and even sports cars just aren't the right spot for them right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also -- Audi e-tron? We're closer than you might think...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is more important for electric cars to be reasonably priced to get them to catch on. I understand Tesla had to make them attractive and prove that they work, hence the roadster. Now that it got everyone's attention, they should make one that many can afford.

      Although a supercar would be awesome to look at, I think a small, light coupe
      • 4 Years Ago
      FT-86/FR-S/86 NAO PLS!

      Seriously, this is great and all, but how about something fun and awesome that everyone can buy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the direction Toyota is taking : )
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember this concept from 2004?

      http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/1958/Toyota-Volta.html

      The design still looks good, they should just build it.

      There's an Autoblog post on it from 2004, but I'm not linking to it because the search function on this site is pathetic.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What will the lease terms be?
      Mr bob
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where will us apartment dwellers plug it in? Most people don/t own a house. That's why electric cars will be a flop unless the dealer will sell you a house to go with the car. The majority of people in the world are renters. So byby electric.
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