Toyota’s design team has broken themselves from nearly all automotive conventions and is stepping out of the box…Â well, stepping out of the conventional box to create a new box entirely. The Toyota Hi-CT plug-in concept is a 4-seater (those back seats are in there somewhere) plug-in hybrid truck-type-thing. The Hi-TC is part of Toyota’s study of environmental concepts and new designs that might better fit the new hybrid technologies. While the Hi-CT is highly unconventional it is intentionally so. New technologies often do not fit so well in old packages.
Here is how Toyota describes the Hi-CT and what they see its purpose as and look for more photos after the leap:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hi-CT (“hi ride city truck”) – an edgy, urban vehicle
The Hi-CT aims to offer a new “coolness” and new ways to have fun as a departure from conventional vehicles – an edgy, urban vehicle inspired by the thinking and lifestyles of youth.
– Offers a new kind of automotive “cool” and sense of enjoyment.
– Has a new look unconstrained by conventional vehicle size (length 3,330mm x width 1,695mm x height 1,780mm).
– Adopts plug-in hybrid technology, which allows it to charge from an external power source and gives it a greater driving range when running on its battery-powered motor; by placing the battery under the floor, achieves a highly efficient cabin with a higher driver position.
– Comes with an AC 100V accessory socket that enables stored electricity – made possible by plug-in hybrid technology – to be used for a variety of applications.
– Features a removable rear trunk and a deck where surfboards, bicycles and other equipment can be loaded.