Toyota's FT-Bh is a Light, Efficient Tease

Toyota FT-Bh ConceptToyota is a bit of a tease; they’ll be showing off their ultra-light hybrid concept car in Geneva, but they keep letting just a little bit more information slip. The name of the car – the FT-Bh – stands for “Future Toyota B-segment hybrid.”

Super, Super Light Body

One of the awesome points Toyota has let slip is that the new hybrid will have 50% fewer carbon dioxide emissions, no doubt partially aided by its ability to drive over short stretches on electric power alone (typical ranges for other hybrids with this ability are somewhere in the 2-mile range), allowing the vehicle to be a perfect (and affordable) machine for city driving.

We’ll have to wait until the full reveal for all the numbers, but I think we can expect a slightly longer range under full electric power than we’ve seen previously. In order to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions, Toyota has gone with a super-light vehicle. That lack of weight should help the car go a little farther on battery power alone.

Toyota Has Five Ideas

Toyota is said to be concentrating on five areas in order to make the FT-Bh super efficient and still drivable:

  • optimizing the aerodynamics
  • drive efficiency
  • heat energy management
  • efficient use of electricity
  • overall vehicle weight

Since the vehicle is also supposed to be affordable, in addition to being light and aerodynamic and energy efficient in every way, Toyota won’t be using any exotic materials or complex production methods. I have to say I’m really looking forward to this one (and wondering if Toyota will use any of its newly-perfected ideas to finally start building the giant robots Japan seems so fond of), particularly if it’s built with the same care as the Prius.

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Source: Autobild | Image: Toyota.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.