The Toyota FT-EV II is a concept vehicle which was revealed
at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicle was a development
of the FT-EV concept Toyota trotted out at the Detroit
Motor Show in early '09.
The FT-EV II is based on the Toyota iQ's platform. But
instead of a small displacement gasoline engine, the vehicle
is equipped with an electric motor supplied with power
from a lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor.
Maximum range for the Toyota FT-EV 2 is 56 miles (90 km),
and the top speed is in excess of 62 mph (100 km/h).
Compared with the FT-EV the FT-EV II comes with a heavily
revised headlight surround with three small windows under
the main windscreen, enlarged taillights and a reconfigured
roofline. But it's inside where the major updates occur.
Instead of a conventional steering wheel and pedals setup,
as found in almost every car on the planet - including
the previous concept - the FT-EV II is fitted with a bizarre
joystick system which controls steering, acceleration
and braking. The interior design features an unusual 'steam
punk' style motif which looks both futuristic and distinctly
old-world at the same time.
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