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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.
FT-EV II Electric Vehicle that Envisions the Future Mobility Society
The FT-EV II, which stands for "Future Toyota Electric Vehicle II", is a concept car that was created from the core technology of the Toyota Hybrid System in the pursuit of the ultimate environmentally-considerate vehicle. Its lithium-ion battery provides a cruising range in excess of 90km on a full charge, which is more than enough for everyday use, and a maximum speed in excess of 100km/h. Since it is an electric vehicle, naturally it is an environmentally-considerate vehicle that produces absolutely no CO2 emissions while driving.
A distinctive, compact body with bright exterior colors has been designed in accordance with Vibrant Clarity, Toyota-brand design philosophy. The compact exterior and retro-futuristic interior feature designs that evoke images of the future.
The vehicle has no steering wheel or foot pedals-symbols of vehicle performance. In addition, it has not been designed simply as a means of transport, but instead based on the premise of collaboration with communications functions, a concept that differs from earlier vehicles. The console incorporates communications functions to achieve a more seamless link with information, expressing the new vehicle concept of the electric vehicle as an information device.
Enhanced communications functions enable the linking of individual drivers' information on a network, allowing the vehicle to connect with services that go beyond car navigation, such as recommending information tailored to the individual's preferences and downloading music and movie content. Furthermore, the vehicle can connect to home networks to play a role in storing energy and saving large volumes of data, making the vehicle a new information device in the networked society of the future.
The FT-EV II is not simply an electric vehicle designed for a post-fossil fuel era, but is a sustainable concept car that focuses on the relationship between cars, people and society of the future.
The FT-EV II is primarily designed for short-distance travel and is positioned as a commuter vehicle for urban use, but as it integrates communications, it will become a device that can provide completely new links between vehicles and people.