Toyota said that the 4 seater is typically ” a compact electric vehicle designed for short distance travel” and uses a drive-by-wire technology which instead of giving you a steering wheel (or at least a futuristic looking one) uses a joystick for navigation. And get this, the joystick also acts as the control centre for acceleration, braking and maneuvering the car. Pretty much solves all problems there. This would change your driving style altogether as you no longer get pedals and such thereby giving you all the leg room you would want.

On top of that, you also get sliding doors instead of the usual open out or open up ones which is supposed to save you lots of space especially in tight spots. Think about the times when you have a small parking space and you need to park in there but your door cannot be opened without making a minor scratch on the car next to you and you will know how good this sliding door is.

The car measures 2,730 millimeters, 1,680 millimeters wide, 1,490 millimeters high and comes with a wheel base of 1,900millimeters. Typically, the FT-EV is a small, technologically advanced car which is both practical, evolutionary and eco-friendly, pretty much the buzz word around the automotive industry these days. If there is one car company who can change driving, it would be Toyota, one of the pioneers in hybrid vehicles. If you haven’t already know, the Prius is one of the best selling hybrid cars in the world, commanding over 50% of global hybrid market sales. Apart from that, Toyota has already rolled out hybrids and such vehicles in the upper segment and this might just be their answer to the more economical and compact market.

Apparently, the FT-EV is targeting the urban drivers who drives about 50 miles at any one time at most because after that you would need to re-charge. This might not be the most ideal driving conditions at the moment but with oil prices on the rise each day, it would be a matter of time before electric sockets are available at kiosks for cars in around this segment.

 

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