Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 17, 2008
The ever-evolving world of hybrid vehicles has yet another member. It’s not with every model that courtesy for passengers or pedestrians is taken into consideration. Who would’ve thought that smaller and thinner wheels would be used to reduce splashing while driving? And LED non-glare headlights? Enter Toyota’s 1/X (pronounced “1/Xth”), which made its North American debut at Chicago’s Auto Show in early February. With a super low curb weight of 926 pounds, due in part to the carbon fiber reinforced plastic throughout its frame, it under weighs the Prius by over 1,900 lbs.
Another innovative aspect of 1/X is the interior space, which is constructed to give passengers more visibility and help move easier. Ultra lightweight seats made of three-dimensionally knitted polyester fiber help make for a smooth ride. The roof is made of environmentally responsible bio-plastic comprised of the kenaf and ramie plants, which are some of the oldest fibre crops in the world, allowing for better heat insulation, more light and noise reduction.
The most interesting and cutting edge technology can be found under the 1/X’s hood, in the form of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Paired with the 500cc .5-litre flex-fuel engine, it can travel over 600 miles on only 4 gallons of gas.
As Toyota continues to spearhead hybrid technology, the international community of car owners embraces each vehicle’s innovation like family, wondering when that last concept will surface to make us entirely independent of fossil fuels, and help finally shrink the collective carbon footprint in which we all tread.
For more info, check out Toyota’s press release.