Toyota Motor Sales, USA issued a short statement today saying that it will display a battery electric vehicle concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. This display marks the world debut of this concept vehicle.
Toyota’s recent battery electric vehicle efforts have included the RAV4-EV compact SUV, as well as the Toyota e-com, a two-seater urban commuter car. Both used NiMH battery packs.
In a presentation on Toyota’s initiatives for sustainable mobility in October, Masatami Takimoto, Executive Vice President, said that, given issues of cruising range, cost, charging time and lack of a dedicated charging infrastructure, battery electric vehicles are currently likely to be used as compact commuter vehicles.
Takimoto also said that Toyota is accelerating R&D of a new generation of EVs, looking toward the early 2010s.