Toyota took traditional AE86s and stuffed them with batteries and hydrogen

Photo of Toyota’s restomoded AE86 Corollas.
Neither of those AE86s take gasoline. | Picture: Toyota

The “E” within the identify of Toyota’s legendary AE86 was there to designate it as a Corolla, however wouldn’t it’s superior if it stood for “electrical” as an alternative? Apparently somebody on the firm thought so; Toyota is exhibiting off an idea model of what the 80s icon would seem like if it had been powered by batteries (or hydrogen). The 2 automobiles are being exhibited on the Tokyo Auto Salon present, which runs from January 13th to the 15th.

The AE86 BEV Idea makes use of “electrification applied sciences cultivated by Lexus,” in line with Toyota’s web site, with elements from a hybrid Tundra and Prius. Mated to the truck motor is one thing you don’t often see in electrical automobiles — a guide transmission. I can’t say I’m precisely positive what driving follow a motor that…

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