After the spiritual successor of AE86, the Toyota FT-86 Concept, the Japanese manufacturer also revealed the FT-EV II Concept a.k.a. Future Toyota Electric Vehicle which will be showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show. This represents the second part of the FT-EV Concept trilogy unveiled at this year's North American International Auto Show.
Designed to be a vehicle used for short distances, the new car is even shorter than the current version of the iQ minicar, measuring 2730 mm in length, 1680 mm in width and 1490 mm height.
Capable to carry four people, the new car features twin electric sliding doors and represents the plans for the upcoming small city electric vehicle that the Japanese manufacturer aims to bring it on the market by 2012.
The FT-EV II is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack found under the floor capable to offer a range of 56 miles and a top speed around 62 mph, enough we´d say for a crowded city.
The most interesting fact is that the car comes without pedals for acceleration and braking, everything is solved now using a joystick, featuring drive-by-wire technology.
If there’s a design that can best be described as holistic and driver-centric, that would be the FT-EV II. Designed to fit in a world where drivers no longer rely on fossil fuels for propulsion, the FT-EV II has a host of features that are designed specifically for the comfort and convenience of the individual driver. These include communications functions that curate information that is tailor-made according to the preferences of the individual driver.
These functions, of course, include the normal car navigation and traffic data. However, the FT-EV II’s features also go the extra mile to recommend information that could be of interest to the individual driver. These include movies, and music.
In fact the FT-EV II can act as a mobile information and data storage – a function that’s already futuristic enough on its own. Indeed, the FT-EV II concept represents an opportunity that will bring together a link between people, their vehicles and the information that they need or are interested in.