The Toyota Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) is a two-seater mobility solution especially designed for maneuverability and also targeted older people. The BEV offers up to 100km driving range and a top speed of 60kmph with a charging time of 5 hours. It is theFirst Electric Vehicle under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership.
First Electric Vehicle under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership
Toyota revealed its tiny BEV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The company also confirmed that it is headed for the launch in India soon. Toyota is brinbing the BEV in partnership with Suzuki, which means this could be the first EV in the Toyota-Suzuki partnership. Besides the BEV, Toyota is showcasing the Rise, Yaris, LQ concept, Mirai concept, the new GT86, Granace MPV and the Copen GR Sport at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The BEV is made for short-distances, which targeted elderly people and new drivers. It offers a maximum driving range of 100km with a top speed of up to 60kmph. Its portable nature is a key element to help maneuvering and parking in an overcrowded city like Tokyo. It is 2490mm long, 1290mm wide and 1560mm high and can allow room for two people.
Toyota is yet to reveal detailed specifications of the electric motor. However, the BEV gets a charging time of around 5 hours.
Toyota also plans other models of this ultra-compact BEV, including one for business purposes, a three-wheeled version, and different types of walking BEVs. They’ve also exhibited a new business model that aims to promote the adoption of all-electric vehicles.
The BEV is confirmed for India, but Toyota is yet to provide a timeline for the introduction of the BEV. We can expect the launch of the EV around mid-2020 in India.
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