Concept and Discontinued Electric Cars
Automakers usually test the waters on new ideas for cars, including electric cars, by introducing a "concept" version of the vehicle. These concept electric cars, often unveiled at major international auto shows, can feature outrageous designs and cutting-edge technology, without regard to cost or feasibility. The idea is simply to see how the public will respond. These cars also serve as marketing, giving consumers the impression that an auto company is innovative (without the onus to deliver on conceptual innovations). These days, putting an electric powertrain is key strategy to show innovation. Most of these concept electric cars never go beyond an auto show display. If they do, many of the coolest (and least practical) features, don't make it into production. In other cases, a limited run of a vehicle makes it to the showroom, only to be discontinued a year or two later.
Electric Vehicle Coupe
Toyota tries to redefine commuting with a 50-mile, 70-mph small commuter car. The FT-EV, based on the platform of the iQ, will be like the EV baby brother to the hefty new Toyota RAV4 EV SUV.