Toyota will introduce an electric vehicle powered by batteries alone by 2012, and this FT-EV concept is a strong indicator of that future EV.
The FT-EV concept bows this weekend at the 2009 Detroit auto show, along with a new 2010 Toyota Prius, a new 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan, and a compressed natural-gas version of the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan.
Toyota says the new FT-EV concept is a spin-off of the iQ city car it bandied about on the auto-show circuit. The four-seat iQ is already on sale in Japan, and its smart fortwo-sized proportions make it an easy choice to translate into an electric vehicle.
In concept form, Toyota imagines the FT-EV with 50 miles of range, with undisclosed batteries powering it. However, Toyota coupled the FT-EV in a press release with word on the new Prius plug-in that goes into testing later this year. Some 150 of those plug-in hybrids will be tested in the U.S. to evaluate the techology's practicality.
“Now, more than ever, while we are so focused on the pressing issues of the moment, we cannot lose sight of our future,” Irv Miller, TMS Group Vice President, Environmental and Public Affairs, said in a release. “Nowhere is this more important than with our industry’s duty and commitment to provide true sustainable mobility with vehicles that significantly reduce fuel consumption, our carbon footprint and overall greenhouse gases.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow as TheCarConnection.com takes the Cobo Hall floor at the 2009 Detroit auto show.