Toyota eCom

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Toyota eCom
Toyota e-com 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Assembly Japan
Powertrain
Transmission 1800 mm
Dimensions
Length 2790 mm
Width 1475 mm
Height 1605 mm
Curb weight 770 kg
Chronology
Successor Prius

The Toyota eCom was an electric vehicle (EV) that Toyota first demonstrated at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show.[1][2] The premise of the eCom was not to be just a small car, but a car available to everybody that had a special electronic card instead of a key, promoting carpooling. It was seen in various car shows and demonstrations in three color schemes, one being white with blue fringes, another gold with blue fringes and the third very similar to the first with green-blue fringes.

Fifty eComs were made and stations were set up for rental in Toyota City.[3] Thirty are still in use.

Toyota Motor Sales USA joined with the University of California, Irvine[4][5][6] and other partners to demonstrate the shared use of electric cars utilizing the eCom, Toyota's 2-passenger personal transport EV. Participants include companies located in University Research Park, a commercial park next to the university. Along with sharing cars, the "Living Power Park Laboratory" will investigate breakthrough concepts in urban design, electricity generated by stationary fuel cells, and use of a micro power grid to distribute electricity. A fleet of e-coms were used for short-distance shared-usage driving and commuting.[7]

The eCom and cars like it were pulled from Toyota's widespread lineup not long after for financial reasons. It could also be thought of as the precursor to the hybrid vehicle Prius and followed by the Toyota Crayon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota Virtual Museum: Stepping toward the future". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Toyota: Global Vision 2020". 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ Yamaguchi, Jack (2000-06). "Global Viewpoints: Shrinking electric cars". Automotive Engineering International Online. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Zeroing in on Irvine: ZEV station cars provide a living lab for ITS researchers". Review Online. Institute of Transportation Studies. 2002-07. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "ZEV•NET: Participating Vehicles". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  6. ^ Motavalli, Jim (2002-05-14). "Cadi CTS & Toyota e-com: Worlds Apart". Electrifying Times. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.toyota.com/about/environment/news/update4.html