Monday, November 2, 2009

Future Joysticks

Let's start November off on the right foot. More like non-lead foot with this electric vehicle from Toyota. The FT-EV II, "Future Toyota Electric Vehicle II" is cute as a button; however, the specs are unique and appealing even if you are not a fuel cell engineer or professional racecar driver.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the FT-EV II can easily zoom away with four passengers. From a design perspective, it is meant for short distances (92 mph top speed and 56 mile range) and based on the idea of future mobility societies. It is part of their brand philosophy to be futuristic, functional and innovative. Interestingly, it also has a joystick, which controls the brakes, steering and throttle, but not the seamless large windows and LED powered lights. It's being categorized as Ultra-compact (compared to the Toyota iQ). It's compact, cute, fast, and eco-friendly, and coming to a dealership near you in 2012.

Image Source: Design Boom, 2009

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