Toyota has made know in recent times that it wants something more exciting in its line up of dependable but boring crossovers, hatchbacks, and sedans. This was made clear by the Japanese car manufacturer when it introduced the Scion FR-S and before that the halo model Lexus LFA.
Toyota also recently sealed a pact with BMW so they can collaborate on one sports car or maybe even more.
It is good though that even as the brand craves for sporty vehicle models, Toyota has not forgotten its love for hybrid and electric vehicles. According to a recent report, one of the new offerings of the brand will be a sporty electric car.
An insider shared that the concept car 2000GT EV that was unveiled at the start of the year is being used in the development of a powertrain technology that relies on electricity. This technology is set to roll out for a city car before being applied to a sports car. The carmaker is also working on a new manual transmission that relies on inverters and can alter the torque on the wheels depending on the setting.
The powertrain technology is still on its early stages of development so we cannot expect it to be used soon. Most likely it will take several years before it gets into a car we drive.
Toyota has other electric mules aside from the 2000GT. It will be fielding an electric car prototype at the Pikes Peak vent while its Motorsports GmbH division based in Germany will also be doing test runs of an electric car it plans to sell to private consumers. Toyota is also brewing a hybrid that may take the place of the Supra.