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Toyota FT-EV
Toyota FT-EV
The FT-EV is an electrically powered version of Toyota's iQ city car. (If you're not familiar with the iQ, you may never be. Toyota has no plans to sell it in the United States.)

While making it clear that the FT-EV is a "pure concept," Toyota has said it plans to start selling an electrically powered urban car, something like this, in 2012.

The FT-EV is designed for those who might drive up to 50 miles between home and work or to run errands.

"Last summer's four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline was no anomaly. It was a brief glimpse of our future," said Irv Miller, Toyota's vice president for environmental and public affairs.

"We must address the inevitability of peak oil by developing vehicles powered by alternatives to liquid-oil fuel, as well as new concepts, like the iQ, that are lighter in weight and smaller in size," he said. "This kind of vehicle, electrified or not, is where our industry must focus its creativity."

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Last updated January 13 2009: 3:59 PM ET
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