Toyota has taken the wraps off a new concept called ME.WE which was co-developed with French architect, inventor and designer Jean-Marie Massaud.
Massaud describes the concept as an "anti-crisis" vehicle targeted at "contemporary human, economic and environmental challenges." ME.WE is 3440mm long, 1750mm wide and 1600mm tall, with a curb weight of just 750 kg (1,653 lbs).
It has a tubular aluminum chassis and polypropylene panels, with four electric in-wheel motors borrowed from the i-ROAD concept and the battery pack located under the floor. Thanks to the in-wheel motor configuration, ME.WE can work in either two- or four-wheel drive modes.
Toyota says they used bamboo for the floor's construction and the horizontal surfaces of the cabin, while the rear bench seat has been mounted on the roof rails and can be folded beneath the front seat when not in use. It can also be removed or used as picnic seating.
Further details can be found in the attached press release.