toyota has unveiled an ultra-compact, electric car concept intended for short-distance trips. the two-seater model is designed to provide mobility while limiting impact on the environment and includes a new business model that aims to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles in general. the ultra-compact BEV concept model for business serves as a ‘mobile office‘ with three modes to support travelling, working and taking breaks using the vehicle.

toyota's ultra-compact concept city car doubles up as a mobile office



‘we want to create a mobility solution that can support japan’s ageing society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life,’ said akihiro yanaka, head of development at toyota. ‘with the ultra-compact BEV, we are proud to offer customers a vehicle that not only allows for greater autonomy, but also requires less space, creates less noise and limits environmental impact.’

toyota's ultra-compact concept city car doubles up as a mobile office

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the two-seater concept is specifically designed to meet the daily mobility needs of customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licensed drivers, or business-people visiting local customers. it can be driven a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge, reach a maximum speed of 60 km/h, and features an extremely short turning radius.


toyota is also planning a 2020 launch of the ultra-compact BEV. it is also exploring applications for its compact, short-distance BEVs beyond individual mobility, working to create unrestricted, and environmentally-friendly transportation options in urban or mountainous communities too.

toyota's ultra-compact concept city car doubles up as a mobile office



toyota will exhibit the ultra-compact BEV at the future expo special exhibition of the 2019 tokyo motor show from october 24 to november 4. it will also exhibit the ‘ultra-compact BEV concept model for business.’ toyota is also developing peripheral services for battery electric vehicles such as recharging stations and insurance.





project info


company: toyota

model: ultra-compact BEV concept / model for business

event: 2019 tokyo motor show