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Toyota FT-Bh Super Mini Hybrid Concept Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show

Posted By Marc Carter On March 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation | 1 Comment

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Toyota has just unveiled the FT-Bh hybrid concept [1] at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show [2]. Toyota’s mini hybrid concept minimizes emissions by using economically viable technologies and manufacturing methods. The FT-Bh concept is longer than the Toyota Yaris [3], but is 25 percent lighter at only 1,760 pounds – read on for more details!

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To achieve the best possible fuel economy [4] and emissions from the FT-Bh concept, Toyota’s design team focused on five key areas: reducing weight, driving resistance, powertrain efficiency, thermal energy management, and electricity savings [5]. The design theme of the FT-Bh has been labeled “ecomotion,” with its shape demonstrating a new approach to bodywork design. Key panels, such as the roof, are formed to represent the way fabric can be stretched tight between fastening points, to reflect their ultra-light weight. The stretched fabric-look carries through to the minimalist interior, with a concave center console creating a driver-focused cockpit, while maintaining the overall feeling of light and space.

Toyota [6] was able to reduce the concept’s weight by 25 percent compared to the Toyota Yaris by using a a combination of high-tensile steel, aluminium and magnesium. The hybrid [7] system is also lighter than the system used by today’s Prius [8]. The FT-Bh is powered by a two-cylinder 1.0L Atkinson cycle engine. It achieves an average fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg on the European driving cycle with CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.

+ Toyota [6]


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[1] FT-Bh hybrid concept: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-to-unveil-ft-bh-super-mini-hybrid-concept-at-geneva-motor-show/

[2] 2012 Geneva Motor Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=geneva+motor+show

[3] Toyota Yaris: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitat-takes-the-new-yaris-2012-for-a-test-drive/

[4] fuel economy: http://inhabitat.com/congressman-allen-west-complains-about-paying-70-to-fill-the-tank-of-his-hummer/

[5] electricity savings: http://inhabitat.com/new-energy-efficient-battery-charging-standards-in-california-will-save-1-million-tons-of-carbon-emissions/

[6] Toyota: http://www.toyota.com

[7] hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/7-sexy-sporty-hybrid-cars-hitting-the-streets-soon/

[8] Prius: http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-inhabitat-takes-the-roomier-toyota-prius-v-for-a-spin/

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