Next-Gen Toyota Aygo To Be Launched As A Pure Electric Vehicle

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Toyota's next generation Aygo may be offered as a purpose built electric vehicle by splitting from its sister vehicles by Peugeot and Citroen.

The current-gen Aygo shares most of its components from the Peugeot 108 and the Citroen C1. The upcoming model may go in a different path by adopting a pure electric powertrain targeted towards urban customers.

According to the Toyota Europe President and CEO, Johan van Zyl the Aygo will be the perfect car for a pure electric powertrain.

Johan van Zyl said, "We already have some electric vehicles undergoing trials here in Europe - short-range, inner-city transport. So I think that in the future, if you look at that spectrum of technologies that we offer, then EVs will be part of that"

He added, "Will people use vehicles which will completely emissions-free in certain areas? We see a stronger growth of that type of thinking in cities where they're saying, ‘We'd rather have emissions-free vehicles so it should be a plug-in or a pure-electric vehicle."

Toyota Europe Head of Research and Development, Gerald Killman further revealed that the company is working on a pure electric version of Aygo.

Killman said, "Timing-wise, when it makes sense is something that we need to review, so normal people can afford it. We are being careful with it, but yes, we are developing it."

The current generation Aygo is powered by a 1-litre engine which produces 69bhp. Considering the compact size of the vehicle which leans towards efficiency, an electric variant seems to be a perfect fit.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 16:31 [IST]
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