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Toyota Electric Concept Car to be Smaller Than Prius

Concept intended to confirm Toyotas continuing interest in electric vehicles.

Published: 24-Dec-2008

Toyota said today that a battery electric car concept that will debut at the 2009 North American International Auto show will be smaller than its Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

This is a pure electric vehicle,” said Toyota spokeswoman Jana Hartline. β€œIt’s a concept we are bringing to the show basically to confirm our interest in electric vehicles.”

But while Toyota is planning two press conferences at the auto show, Hartline said it does not plan on holding a press conference to discuss the battery electric vehicle. Instead, it will simply be on display on the show floor.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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