Toyota FT-CH Hybrid Concept

For years, the Toyota Prius has been the fuel economy champion in America.  Well, Toyota is trying to change that, since apparently no one else can.  (Honda, I’m looking at you.)

Introduced at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show is the Toyota FT-CH Concept. Surely if this vehicle makes it to production, that awful name will go away.  Names aside, what makes the FT-CH more efficient than the Prius?  For starters, it’s 22 inches shorter than the Prius.  Along those lines, the FT-CH is also quite a bit lighter than the Prius.  Since weight is the enemy of efficiency, the FT-Ch has made a good start.

What isn’t clear at this point, is the powertrain. Will the FT-CH use the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine from the Prius? How large will the electric motor and batteries be?  These items are extremely important to fuel economy, though they are also quite pricey.

Toyota wants to slot the FT-CH in below the Prius price-wise, which makes sense since it is a smaller vehicle.  Hopefully they make the right choices when it comes to the powertrain, and don’t cheap out like Honda did with the 2010 Insight.

Published on January 11, 2010 in Hybrids,Toyota

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