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Toyota’s ME.WE Concept is an Electric Vehicle Without Any Excess

Posted By Marc Carter On April 24, 2013 @ 11:30 am In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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Toyota [1] just unveiled the new ME.WE electric [2] concept, which is a pick-up, convertible, off-roader and small city car in one. Toyota says that the ME.WE is simpler, more appropriate and more realistic than many of today’s cars that are about “passion and status.”

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The ME.WE concept features a simple design that a tubular aluminium structure and light interchangeable and recyclable polypropylene panels [3]. At just over 1,600 pounds the ME.WE concept weighs about 20 percent less than a conventional steel-built supermini. Inside the concept features a floor that is made of bamboo [4] which was, chosen both for being a renewable resource and aesthetically pleasing. Toyota says that the ME.WE is easy to keep clean with a simple wash, inside and out.

The simple design theme continues under the hood, where the ME.WE concept is powered by the same in-wheel electric motors [5] as the Toyota i-ROAD [6], with batteries located under the floor, as in the iQ EV. The in-wheel motor system means it can be operated in two or four-wheel drive, allowing it to tackle rougher terrain than a traditional car, and without the weight penalty of a 4×4 transmission system. With none of the traditional packaging restraints associated with conventional powertrains, the entire interior could be devoted to the vehicle’s occupants and luggage.

The ME:WE concept will make its world debut at Le Rendez-vous Toyota [7], Toyota’s brand experience center on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

+ Toyota [1]


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

[2] electric: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+car

[3] polypropylene panels: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=polypropylene+panels

[4] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=bamboo

[5] electric motors: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+motors

[6] Toyota i-ROAD: http://inhabitat.com/toyotas-i-road-concept-is-a-three-wheeled-personal-mobility-electric-vehicle/

[7] Toyota: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=toyota

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