A new concept -- the ME.WE – has recently been unveiled by Toyota. The ME.WE, which is designed to be an 'anti-excess' vehicle’, was built with the cooperation of French architect Jean-Marie Massaud. Toyota said that the principle behind this model was to “do more and create better while using less.” Toyota describes this concept as a city car, convertible, pick-up and 4x4 in one package.
It has a weight of only 750kg due to the use of a tubular aluminium chassis with interchangeable polypropylene body panels. These panels actually weigh just 14kg. The ME.WE concept uses a design of in-wheel electric motors similar to the one used by the i-ROAD concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
The ME.WE has four wheels while the i-ROAD has three so this means that the ME.WE is offered in 4WD. And by using electric motors, buyers don’t have to deal with the complexity and weight of an all-wheel-drive transmission. The simple, ecologically-conscious design extends to its interior. The cabin's horizontal surfaces use bamboo from renewable sources.
Furthermore, passengers get more space since the batteries are positioned under the floor. The instrument panel displays the speed, sat-nav direction, and battery speed. The luggage is placed on the roof under a fold-out, weatherproof cover.
To ensure that the battery doesn’t run out quickly, the air conditioning and seat heaters of the ME.WEs are supplied by a low-energy air pump. Proving further that the ME.WE is indeed four cars in one, Toyota achieved a convertible effect by lowering all of the windows, which include the windscreen.