Toyota Kills Tiny TwoSeat Electric Car It Doesn’t Believe In

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Toyota Kills Tiny Electric Car It Doesn’t Believe In

Toyota FT-EV II

We’ve subjected to a spate of dire today covering Toyota’s that it’s killing for its eQ two-seat urban electric-car

Some seem to take a sky is tone, which we don’t is the case.


Most of the stories on Toyota management’s view battery technology isn’t the market for pure electrics there, and hybrids are a much bet.

Those are all debatable points, but as gently points out, has always taken a more view of the market for battery-powered than Nissan, General and other companies.

Another way of that might be to note Toyota bet the company’s future direction on parallel hybrids 20 years ago, and has reaped the of what was likely a very RD program.

Toyota has sold over half of all the hybrids on the and its 50-mpg Prius Liftback is the fuel-efficient gasoline car sold in the market that doesn’t a plug.

But as any auto journalist will Toyota executives and engineers argue that parallel are the best way to meet the broad of consumer needs.

They frequently contend that into the grid often as ecologically sounds as it seems. a whole different article we get into here.)

Toyota has on its own electric-car batteries for quite time, but it hasn’t had very luck thus far.

The admitted in 2010 that it had bet on the lithium-ion cell chemistry. up turning to an outside cell for the lithium-ion battery pack of its Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

And its first and only battery-electric was to be the eQ, an electric version of the tiny iQ two-seat urban car. The showed several prototypes of the car as the and FT-EV II in 2009, and FT-EV III year.

A two-seater with a range of no more than 50 or 60 Does that sound a winning electric-car strategy to

Toyota is left with one all-electric car, the 2012 RAV4 EV. whose powertrain is designed by Tesla Motors.

2011 Toyota FT-EV III

That was quite an impressive car to but it’s strictly a compliance car to let the meet zero-emission vehicle imposed by the powerful California Air Board.

So now Toyota will just 2,600 RAV4 EVs three years, and only 100

Not the sign of a company that in battery electric vehicles, for

But Toyota has never believed in vehicles, and it’s been to develop one—unlike Nissan, Motors, Ford, and others.

The of plug-in cars, while to double this year, undoubtedly been slower the most optimistic projections.

But frankly, Toyota canceling its car program is roughly akin to Motors deciding not to offer a Two-Mode Hybrid system in the SRX because it didn’t perform enough.

Few people knew car was coming, and not a lot of people would cared if it did.

We think the eQ have been an appealing car in the even to electric-car fans. In light, we think Toyota a smart decision.

It’s just not the end of the world we to be reading about.

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