The new Toyota Ultra-Compact EV, which will be displayed at the 2019 Tokyo motor show later this month, is one of the first vehicles from the company's pivot toward electric cars, with 10 EVs now due by the early 2020s.
At just 2490mm long, 1290mm wide, and 1550mm tall, Toyota's new electric car certainly earns its "ultra-compact" tag. To put it into context, the Ultra-Compact BEV is 205mm shorter and 373mm narrower than the Smart ForTwo currently available in Europe.
According to Toyota, two-seat electric car has been specially designed for people who need to make short daily trips, such as the elderly, new drivers, or business people visiting local clients.
The company has yet to reveal specifics about the Ultra-Compact BEV's drivetrain, such as power and torque figures, but has confirmed the car's maximum speed is 60km/h.
Range on a fully charged battery is said to be 100 kilometres. Charging time is claimed to about five hours using a standard 200V plug.
The Ultra-Compact BEV is slated to go on sale in Japan from late 2020. It's likely Toyota will find a more creative name for the vehicle before it hits showrooms.
Other electric vehicles
In addition to the Ultra-Compact BEV, Toyota will present a number of other EVs at this year's Tokyo show, including the one-seat Ultra-Compact BEV Business Concept.
While its dimensions are the same as the production-ready two-seat model, it has a more spacious exterior, and the ability to reconfigure the interior for office, driving and relaxation modes.
Also on display will be three "walking area BEVs": one looks like a standing scooter, another is a seated version, while the last model is attached to a wheelchair to help those with mobility issues.
All three feature replaceable batteries that take between two and 2.5 hours to recharge, and have a range of 10 to 20km.