Toyota is giving away a turbocharged hybrid electric car for the first time at a Japanese car show.
The new model, dubbed the “Toyota GT” and expected to go on sale in Japan in 2021, is equipped with a petrol engine and a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine.
The electric car will be based on the latest generation of Toyota’s all-electric Prius hybrid.
The Prius is expected to be unveiled at a press event at Tokyo Motor Show later on Thursday.
The car is expected be available in both petrol and electric versions, Toyota said.
It will also offer a range of driving modes, including highway driving and city driving, which will vary depending on where it is sold.
“It’s an exciting and innovative new technology that we’ve been working on for the past three years.
It’s a vehicle that combines the performance of a petrol-engine, the flexibility of a turbocharger, and the energy efficiency of a diesel,” Toyota chief scientist Toshihiro Hirata told Reuters.
Toyota has previously developed electric cars that have used a hybrid engine and petrol engine.
The new car is based on a 2,400-horsepower 1.6-litres petrol engine, which is more efficient than a conventional petrol engine but also more expensive.
The Toyota GT is powered by a gasoline-electric combination.
The electric motor is mounted inside the rear axle, which can produce up to 860 kilowatts (1,700 horsepower) and can also produce 1,700 kph (1.3 kph).
The engine is connected to a pair of lithium-ion batteries, which are linked to the front wheels via a linkless axle.
These batteries can charge from 0 to 50 percent in a matter of seconds, which Toyota claims gives the vehicle a top speed of between 130 km/h (62 mph) and 220 km/hour (125 mph).
“It also has an electric motor for high torque, which makes it a lot more reliable than gasoline engines.
The powertrain will be more energy efficient than an internal combustion engine,” Toyota said in a statement.
The petrol-powered hybrid vehicle has a range comparable to that of a traditional petrol-engined car, and it is expected sell for about $150,000 (US$140,000).
“I am delighted to introduce this innovative new product for Japan,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in announcing the launch of the electric car.
The government is hoping the Toyota GT will help Japan avoid falling behind in global competition.
The US and China are developing electric vehicles, and there are also electric passenger cars and light trucks in Europe.
Toyotas new hybrid vehicle is being sold in Japan as the “MotoGT”.
The Japanese name means “Motorcycle” in Japanese.
Toyota has also launched the “Z” hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, but these are sold in the US as the Prius.