Small car, smaller price.

Toyota will start sales of a super-small electric vehicle in Japan for less than 1 million yen, or about $12,600 U.S., Green Car Congress reported, citing the Japan-based publication Nikkei. The model will be based on Toyota's updated COMS one-person EV that was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The automaker's Toyota Auto Body division will add a seat and seatbelt in the COMS's cargo area in order to turn the little runabout into a vehicle built for two. The Japanese government is working out details of standards related to ultra-compact EVs and where they can be driven. Toyota first introduced the COMS EV at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007.





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      Levine Levine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tata Motors will sell one to you for half the price. Forget this over priced Toyota.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      This design looks amateurish.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      12K? blahahahaha...
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best place for what looks like an absolute death-trap it is Japan, it would probably suit a retired ex Kamikaze pilot. Would not do well in the UK as the EV boom has not taken of here just yet, UK car sales were up 7.9% last month and of the 162,288 cars sold in May 2012 just 41 were electric cars, electric car sales fell down -30.5% from May 2011 when they were massive Brits brought 59 electric cars. Why can't we have more news on green diesels that folk are buying not big losers with big drops in sales of 30.5%. UK Car sales breakdown May 2012 Diesel cars 85,081 +6.9% Gasoline cars 75,099 +8.4% Electric Cars 41 -30.5%
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't we already have NEV's with these sort of specs already for sale in the United States? It reminds me alot of the GEM e2 that costs about $5k less: http://www.polaris.com/en-us/gem-electric-car/passenger-vehicle/e2/pages/overview.aspx
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        The difference is that they let them drive faster than 25MPH. We should allow NEVs go 35MPH.
      Rvinyl.com Inc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the concept but it looks like a glorified golf cart. It would only ever have hope in NYC but even our mildest winters would put the kabosh on it. Keep trying Toyota!
      emailrobertcena
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is good sign for all the car buyers that Toyota is launching small cars. now a days, there is a revolution of small electric vehicle car. i am eagerly waiting for this car to come in market. thanks for sharing information regarding super small EV cars.This information will be useful for car buyer those who wants to buy this cars. http://www.localcarsnow.com
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chevy Spark EV is starting seem more interesting. It is tiny. But it has 114HP (85KW) motor powered by 20KWH of A123 batteries that can be fast-charged. If they put a reasonably low price on it, it could be a hot selling little EV. But I doubt it will have a good price if it is a limited quantity compliance car. :-(
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I had many hopes on the EV's after the leaf. When the focus came out, I thought, 'well, okay, somewhat more expensive than I wanted, but there's more coming, right?' Each one that came was either the same, or more expensive, with no real improvements in the range. With the exceptin of the tesla, all underwhelmed me. The Mitsubishi was fine enough, but didn't get me to think about it over a prius or Prius c. The biggest disappointment was the Rav 4 EV. with the tesla system, I hoped for more range, and with the price of the tesla, I was hoping to see the Rav4 in the range of the leaf in price. I am to the point where now, I do not expect anything great from the spark, but of course, it would be nice to be surprised! :)
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Electric cars are not yet at the point where they can compare favorably to a highly-efficient hybrid. They are still in the early adopter phase. But don't get too disappointed by the Ford Focus Electric, the RAV4, and the Honda Fit . . . none of them are serious efforts at creating a mass market EV. The RAV4 & Honda Fit are explicitly limited volume compliance cars. The Ford Focus can be made in larger volumes but it is a bit of kludge conversion using an outsourced drive train and priced high. The Spark EV could be between the Mitz-i and Leaf if it were cranked out in volume but since they say it will be limited production, it will probably be just another high-priced compliance car. :-(
          Spec
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EZEE
          Yeah, as I mentioned elsewhere, I almost wonder if Tesla is sabotaging the efforts it is making for other automakers. Tesla helps Mercedes with the Smart ED and helps Toyota with the RAV4 electric . . . both are over-priced and thus not very interesting.
          EZEE
          • 7 Months Ago
          @EZEE
          I just keep thinking that the rav4 had so much potential. Sorta like the focus (let someone else to part of it) and then sell it. In this case though, the 'someone else' was tesla, who had a system that went 300 miles, and was reasobbably priced for the car they built, and class of car.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would rather have a Twizy, at least that has doors. You would think that the lack of doors/windows would hurt aerodynamics and drag down range so allowing the cabin to be sealed would provide more impressive vehicle specs. My favorite in this space is still the audi e-tron city with offset tandem seating.
        jpadow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        is this..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Westerberg
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        The Twizy has doors of a sort as an option for around £5-600. They are only half doors in fact. The battery costs around £45pm, from memory, which for a 4kwh battery does not sound great value to me. I'd sooner buy the battery as Toyota offer. The Renault's with the bigger batteries like the Fluence and so on are far better value as they are 22kwh and not commensurately more expensive.
        Anderlan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Never heard of the E-tron City. Found it! http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/audi-city-e-tron-concept-caught-during-film-shoot/ I don't like the lower stance required for that E-trong, so Twizy still gets my vote (if it would come to N. Am. and ditch the burdensome battery lease). But we still haven't seen either E-tron City or this Toyota concept fully executed in a finished product, so either one could end up improving on Twizy, on balance. Competition is good.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Add doors and 2 person capability and it might actually sell.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        What article where?
        Domenick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        It has a canvas door option and in the article above it says they can add a 2nd seat.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You can have a pillion passenger, like the Twizy.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          ABG have helpfully illustrated this with the old, one seater version, without labelling it.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      a couple of doors and gorr might be interested to buy : )
      JSP
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me the Twizy looks better, less golf kart like.
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