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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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"

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

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."

Next-Gen Toyota Aygo To Be Launched As 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.

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

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."

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

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.

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

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