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Old 10-06-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Tokyo '09: Toyota to Show FT-EV II Battery-Powered Concept Based on the iQ

While the FT-86 RWD Coupe will be the superstar at Toyota's Tokyo Motor Show stand, the Japanese firm will also showcase the FT-EV II, a battery-powered micro car that is more radical than the first-version of the concept model that broke cover at this year's Detroit Show in January. The FT-EV II, which stands for "Future Toyota Electric Vehicle II", is powered by an electric motor that draws energy from a lithium-ion battery which provides a driving range in excess of 90km (60 miles).
The Japanese automaker claims that the FT-EV II can reach a top speed of a little over 100km/h or 62mph.

Like the FT-EV I, the second generation concept is based on Toyota's iQ mini car. But even though it's shorter measuring only 2,730 mm (107-in.) from nose to tail, the company says that it can seat up to four people - just don't expect any wonders for the rear tunas passengers.

Other highlights of the FT-EV II include the twin sliding doors and the absence of steering wheel or foot pedals as the urban model is controlled by a joystick - welcome to the automotive world of gamers...

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Old 10-21-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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Default First Look: Toyota FT-EV II Concept

We saw Toyota's original FT-EV concept at the 2009 Detroit auto show, but the new FT-EV II concept, which will debut at the 2009 Tokyo show, takes things to a new level.
For the most part, FT-EV II doesn't seem to differ much from the FT-EV -- it's still an electric-powered microcar aimed at urban commuters -- but the difference lies in the details.

While FT-EV was built off the European iQ minicar, FT-EV II is all-new, and is said to be even smaller. Somehow, Toyota manages to pack room for four within -- impressive, considering the iQ seats only 3...

The FT-EV II manages to squeeze out as much interior space a possible, in part by eliminating traditional throttle and brake pedals, and incorporates them into the steering controls. Dual vertical hand grips are most likely tilted forward to go and pulled back to brake.

Although range is suggested to be approximately 56 miles, there's still no word about recharge times or if the FT-EV II will even see production. We'll report what we find out after the Toyota press conference on October 21 at the 2009 Tokyo motor show.

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