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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,Innovation | 1 Comment
Toyota has just unveiled the FT-Bh hybrid concept  at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . 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 , but is 25 percent lighter at only 1,760 pounds – read on for more details!
To achieve the best possible fuel economy  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 . 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  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  system is also lighter than the system used by today’s Prius . 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.
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URLs in this post:
 FT-Bh hybrid concept: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-to-unveil-ft-bh-super-mini-hybrid-concept-at-geneva-motor-show/
 2012 Geneva Motor Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=geneva+motor+show
 Toyota Yaris: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitat-takes-the-new-yaris-2012-for-a-test-drive/
 fuel economy: http://inhabitat.com/congressman-allen-west-complains-about-paying-70-to-fill-the-tank-of-his-hummer/
 electricity savings: http://inhabitat.com/new-energy-efficient-battery-charging-standards-in-california-will-save-1-million-tons-of-carbon-emissions/
 Toyota: http://www.toyota.com
 hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/7-sexy-sporty-hybrid-cars-hitting-the-streets-soon/
 Prius: http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-inhabitat-takes-the-roomier-toyota-prius-v-for-a-spin/
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