What's Wrong With This Picture: Where's The Tailpipe? Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

I should go on vacation more often. No, really. Last time I took some time off, I accidentally caught a parade of BMW prototypes descending the Sellajoch in Italy’s Dolomite Alps. Then, just weeks ago when I was in Los Angeles with Bertel, I was driving along towards Venice when I caught a glimpse of the tell-tale camouflage that makes every auto enthusiast’s heart skip a beat. And then I noticed that it had no tailpipe…

Of course, the vehicle I caught wasn’t anything earth-shattering, just a prototype of Toyota’s first-ever EV for the American market. And here in California, where electric RAV4s have been running around since 1997, this prototype didn’t exactly bring traffic to a halt. Still, it’s a reminder that even EV skeptics like Toyota are already dipping a toe in the battery-powered market… if only as a “compliance exercise.” Plus, it’s more evidence that my employers should give me more time to get away from the computer and drive around unfamiliar places. Obviously these prototypes want me to find them…

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on May 22, 2012

    My understanding from something I read within the last week or so is that most of the EVs coming out, with the exception of the Leaf and a few others, but including the Focus EV, is not a matter of dipping the toe in the market, but of getting a small amount of EV credit towards meeting the Federal mileage standards. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know. But that sounds most logical to me. Anyone who thinks that EVs are going to be more than a tiny niche without some major, probably as yet unforeseen battery breakthrough, well, a bridge o'er to Brooklyn's incredibly swell and to you, for just two thousand dollars, I'll sell!

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    • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on May 23, 2012

      @Pch101 Can't be worse than the plant in which The Great Mall is based now.

  • LeBaron LeBaron on May 22, 2012

    I winder if it'll still be running when it's as old as the NOVA in front of it? Paul

    • Redav Redav on May 23, 2012

      The only thing that might wear out faster is the battery pack.

  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.
  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
  • Inside Looking Out China will decide which EV charging protocol will become world wide standard.
  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.
  • Ajla It's weird how Polestar apparently has better BEVs than Volvo. And this is the same price as a Pilot and Plus optioned Polestar 2 AWD.