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PHOTO CAPTION: Prototype Fomm EV being test driven in Thailand where it will be assembled.

Fomm EV Built in Thailand, Sold in Japan

Four-passenger electric mini-car developed by engineers who worked on EV projects for Toyota.

Published: 13-Nov-2017

Engineered in Japan, built in Thailand will be the key hallmark of the Fomm four-passenger electric car that can float.

Yes, you read that right. This compact electric car with a range said to be up to 160 km (100 mi) on a charge at speeds up to 80km/h (50 mph), can actually float on water. In fact, there's a Youtube video that proves the point. In a world of rising ocean levels and coastal flooding, this could be a very useful capability; and who said water and electricity don't mix?

While Fomm is based in Japan, where the car was engineered and first debuted in 2014, plans are for it to be assembled in Chon Buri province, Thailand starting in mid-2018. In Japan the car will be sold through big-box electronics retailer Yamada Dinki. The Thai Bhat price of the car is reported to be Bt500,000 or around $15,000US, admittedly still quite expensive for the average Thai, but the government is proposing a Bt100,000 rebate to help buyers.

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