Toyota's battery-electric vehicle details revealed in Japan

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<i>Image: Motorpress</i>
<i>Image: Motorpress</i>

Toyota has revealed details of a new, production-ready ultra-compact battery-electric vehicle (BEV) ahead of a planned commercial launch in Japan late next year.

According to development chief Akihiro Yanaka, it is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances while limiting impact on the environment.

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"We want to create a mobility solution that can support Japan's ageing society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life," Yanaka said.

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"With the ultra-compact BEV, we are proud to offer customers a vehicle that not only allows for greater autonomy, but also requires less space, creates less noise and limits environmental impact," he added.

The ultra-compact, two-seater is less than 2.5 metres long and 1.3 metres wide and has a range of approximately 100km on a single charge, with a top speed of just 60km/h.

Toyota BEV black

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Toyota is aiming to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles in general, this includes examining every step of the battery's life, from manufacture through sale, resale or re-use, and recycling to maximise its value.

Types and main features:

Toyota BEV

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• Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for Business is designed for business applications that include repeated short-distance trips and parking, this model serves as a "mobile office" with three modes to support travelling, working and taking breaks.

• Walking Area BEV Standing Type can be used for patrolling, conducting security checks or carrying heavy equipment around large facilities such as airports or factories.

• Walking Area BEV Seated Type provides mobility for people who are handling large amounts of luggage, or who may have difficulty walking.

• Walking Area BEV Wheelchair-linked Type connects to manual wheelchairs by providing motorized power to them for use at large facilities and tourist locations.

• Toyota i-ROAD is a short-distance mobility solution that combines the size of a motorcycle with improved stability to support last-km urban commuting or tourism.

Compiled by: Robin Classen

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