Nikkei. Toyota Motor Corp. unit Toyota Auto Body Co. will introduce an ultracompact two-seater electric vehicle priced at less than ¥1 million (US$12,600). The new COMS EV is based on its COMS single-seater EV , which was sold from 2000 to 2011.
Japan’s Transport Ministry recently published guidelines for ultracompacts that can be driven on public roads. The ministry will create an approval system for such ultracompacts as early as summer.
Toyota Auto Body plans to install a seat and seatbelt in the cargo area, converting the COMS into a two-passenger vehicle allowed on public roads. It expects healthy demand for ultracompact EVs not only as daily-use cars for grocery shopping and other short trips, but also as an easy means of transportation for tourists.