World debut: FT-EV II compact electric vehicle concept

At the Tokyo motor show later this month, Toyota will unveil the FT-EV II, a compact electric vehicle designed for short distance urban travel.

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Its body is even more compact than that of the iQ, but drive-by-wire technology means that there are no throttle or brake pedals, so there’s room on board to seat four. This technology means that even the steering will be controlled using a joystick.

There are futuristic electric sliding doors on both sides, and an additional window below the level of the windscreen that gives extra forward visibility. What we really like, though, is the way the rear visibility’s been thought out: the rear lamp clusters are see-through LED units. These both look great and improve safety.

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Top speed is above 60mph and a fully-charged battery will give a range of more than 50 miles, which is ample for most urban journeys. The ride is quiet and comfortable with smooth acceleration, thanks to Toyota-developed motor control technology, itself part of the hybrid system that already exists in Prius and is to exist in the forthcoming Auris HSD.

Comments (12)

  1. I have owned an IQ for two years – what a brilliant vehicle. I am due to change cars next year, May 2011. Do you think the electric version will be available by then

    1. Hi Mike,

      Glad to hear you’re having fun with your iQ! Toyota will be running a limited trial programme for the iQ EV concept in Europe next year. There are plans to bring an iQ EV to the market in the US in 2012 and Toyota is currently exploring options in other regions, including Europe. We will update the blog as soon as we have more information. If you’re considering a new iQ, the 2011 model has recently gone on sale, featuring an upgraded interior and revised Toyota Optimal Drive engines. The 2011 1.0-litre manual iQ also benefits from being exempt from the London congestion charge from 4 January 2011 – click here to find out more.

      Thanks.

  2. Hi Melissa,

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  3. Melissa,

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    1. Hi again,

      We just tested this here and it seemed to be working fine. Could you please tell us which version of which operating system you’re using, and the same for your browser? Thanks.

  4. I owned a toyota Yaris for a few months, not impressed, road holding was terrible. But my main problem is, I suffer with what is called a lazy eye, which most commonly is the left eye. The speedo on toyotas requires anyone with this condition to turn ones head to read the speedo, thus taking eyes off the road. Are all Toyotas going to be fitted with this type of central speedo. I think it is dangerous.

    1. Hi Jan,

      Many thanks for your feedback, and sorry to hear that you didn’t get on with your Yaris. In terms of the position of the speedometer, this is positioned centrally for safety reasons: the focal length required to look at the readout is very close to the focal length used when driving, so the eye needs less time to adjust when looking from the road to the speedometer, and vice versa. The prism within the speedometer also helps to optimise the focal length of the eye. As such, this type of central speedometer set-up is a passive safety feature and is considered to be one of the safest in the industry, though I appreciate that it may not be the ideal set-up for you.

      Not all Toyota models have the same speedo and dashboard configuration as the Yaris, though. The Prius, for example, features a head-up display which projects information onto the bottom of the windscreen – not just your mph, but things like navigation instructions (if you have a sat nav) as well. The positioning and brightness levels can be adjusted which you might find useful. To see a picture, visit the Prius section of the Toyota website, then go to ‘The World’s Most Advanced Technology’ and select ‘Head-up display’ (note that these pictures come from a Prius with left-hand drive). Alternatively, you could book a test drive to see if you get on with it.

      I hope that helps.

  5. We have a 52 registered Toyota Yaris which is a wonderful car. However, the integrated SatNav is now quite out of date and we would like to purchase an updated CD. Please advise us where we can get this.

    1. Hi Blake,

      I’ve let the web team know you’re having problems. Can you tell me specifically what you tried to search for and what went wrong, so the web team can take a look? Thanks.

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