Toyota Auto Body Co. has announced the rollout of a single-seat electric vehicle that features a charging time about the same as an iPad.
The Coms, produced by the maker of Toyota minivans, SUVs and commercial vehicles, will run some 50 kilometers on a five-hour charge, the company said.
The EV, which has a top speed of around 60 kilometers per hour, will come in two types for household and delivery service. The maker expects the super compact car, which will be emission free, will also be used in factories to transport workers.
The maker also hopes many of the growing population of seniors in Japan, the United States and Europe will buy the new vehicle.
The company plans to market the car in July at the earliest with a sticker price of about 600,000 yen ($7,400). A full charge at a household outlet will cost about 80 yen. Per kilometer, the estimated cost of operation is about 1.5 yen.
The previous model of the Coms was released in 2000. But it was unpopular because of its charging time of eight to 13 hours. After about 2,000 vehicles hit the road, Toyota put the brakes on sales of the old Coms about a year ago.
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