Toyota Electric Car Unveiled in Detroit

Posted on the Australian CarsGuide website, comes the interesting headline “$20,000 electric car: Toyota FT-EV“. It gets more interesting: since it’s an Australian website, presumably that is the Australian price tag, which makes the American figure $13,162 at the time of this writing (via Google), although the price is still speculation.

The car’s range is not shocking, approximately 50 miles (80 KM), but is certainly enough for a lot of commuters (if charging at one’s workplace were to become possible and commonplace, that would be even more useful). Plus the price tag makes this feasible for most car owners, some may even find it worthwhile to retain their conventional car for times when they must travel beyond the FT-EV’s range, while using the agile hatchback for the bulk of their driving.

Toyota also made a very interesting statement to the press, quoted in the article. The statement, which the article attributes to Vice President of Environmental and Public Affairs, Irv Miller, shows a refreshingly forward-thinking view of the world’s addiction to oil:

“[The spike in the price of oil] was a brief glimpse of our future. We must address the inevitability of peak oil by developing vehicles powered by alternatives to liquid-oil fuel, as well as new concepts, like the iQ, that are lighter in weight and smaller in size. This kind of vehicle, electrified or not, is where our industry must focus its creativity.”

Although it’ll be difficult to judge until the car hits the market (expected release date is 2012), there’s a lot of reason for excitement. The mere mention of the finiteness of oil by a mainstream auto company is far too rare, and Toyota should get credit for that as well.

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One Response

  1. Great articles & Nice a site.

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