Toyota prepares to unveil its own tiny city EV

Earlier this year Volkswagen fired the opening salvo in what might come to be referred to the EV (electric vehicle) wars with the launch of its ID.3 EV, and now Japanese rival Toyota is preparing to unveil its own answer at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

As usual, Toyota has somewhat of a different take to its German rival – whereas Volkswagen has targeted a mass audience with its ID.3 EV, Toyota has instead produced a two-door city hopper that will slot into the ultra-compact segment. A smart car with more brains, if you will.

Interestingly, Toyota’s EV will be designed and released to “support Japan’s aging society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life.” It’s an interesting concept, and one that might potentially target customers to elderly to use (and purchase) their own vehicle. The idea could equally apply to younger customers should Toyota introduce self-driving technology alongside the unit itself.

Toyota has clarified that it’s city hopper won’t be a performance machine – it will instead last only 62 miles (100 kilometers) on a single charge, and has a whopping top speed of 37 miles (around 60 kilometers) per hour.

The Japanese conglomerate has also tipped the car as a vehicle that could be used across a breadth of different industries – such as serving as a mobile office or a delivery vehicle of sorts.

Toyota has confirmed its intent to release its EV in late 2020, and the car itself will be positioned within the company’s broader initiative to champion the use of all-electric vehicles going forward.

Between Volkswagen and Toyota’s interest in the field, it seems that interest in the segment has only begun to heat up. Would you drive an electric car? If so, which concept would best suit your needs? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.