There’s a lot to see at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, but let’s start with something both electric and nostalgic. Proving electricity can be fun, the Toyota Sports EV Twin weighs 700kg (1543lbs), can go 160kph (100mph) and has a range of 100km (62mi) on one charge.
Built by the Toyota Technical College of Tokyo, a pair of electric motors replaced the two-cylinder boxer that resided in the original Sports 800. Hooked up to lithium-ion batteries and a four-speed transmission, they put power to the rear set of those pearly white Wats. Though the paint looks black and white, it’s actually green because the paint is water-based for eco-friendliness. Based on the 1965 UP15, it’s nostalgic in more ways than one — the yotahachi also formed the basis for Toyota’s first hybrid, the 1977 GT Hybrid Concept.
Because the guts have been replaced with that of a Toyota Prius hybrid drivetrain. This Frankenstein-like blend of drivetrains and power sources is called the WIZ Concept V Hybrid Sunny and it’s the mad creation of the International Institute of Information Technology.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more Auto Salon madness of the more traditionally petrol variety.