Toyota Motor Corporation announced will display its new, Ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The planned commercial launch for the two-seater is in Japan in 2020.
Toyota says the Ultra-compact BEV has been designed to provide short-distance mobility while limiting impact on the environment. It can be driven a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge and reach a maximum speed of 60 km/h.
Akihiro Yanaka, Head of Development, says: “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,. 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.”
The company is also pairing the planned launch of the Ultra-compact BEV with a new business model that aims 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 maximize its value. In the near term.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota says it will also show off three different Walking Area BEVs which will be available for test rides along the 1.5 km long path.