Toyota C-Plus Pod is a cutesy new EV with a big mission

Toyota C-Plus Pod is a cutesy new EV with a big mission

Looking vaguely like a Smart Fortwo, this ultra-compact car is intended for short-distance, daily use, not long-distance cruising. The C-Plus Pod is about 98 inches long, 51 inches wide and 61 inches tall. Yeah, I told you it was small. And with a turning radius of less than 13 feet, it should be more maneuverable than a shopping cart. As for weight, it clocks in at about 1,500 pounds.

The C-Plus Pod's styling is definitely more functional than flowery with utilitarian and simple lines. Reducing weight and likely making it easier and cheaper to manufacture, this vehicle's body panels are made of plastic. For some visual flair, Toyota offers five different two-tone color schemes. Lighting the way are LED headlights and taillights.

Inside this cutesy EV are just two seats, and they don't look particularly comfortable or accommodating. The cabin is also suitably utilitarian -- a frill-free zone, if you will. For easy access, the switches and controls are located on the dashboard's cleanly designed center stack.


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