Takeoka Jidosha Kogei Ltd., which is based in Toyama City, Japan, exhibited a prototype of an electric minicar at the first international Automotive Electronics Technology Expo, which is taking place from Jan. 28 to 30, 2009, at Tokyo Big Site.

The minicar, T10, is based on the "Milieu R," a one-seater electric minicar currently distributed by the company. But the T10 is longer and wider than the Milieu R. Takeoka plans to release the vehicle within 2009. The price has yet to be decided but is expected to be higher than that of the Milieu R, which is priced at ¥856,000 (approx US$9,520).

The dimensions of the T10 are 2,240 (L) x 1,180 (W) x 1,440mm (H), while those of the Milieu R are 2,150 (L) x 1,140 (W) x 1,350mm (H). Following the expansion of the total width, the luggage space to the left of the driver seat was increased, allowing space for a pet animal, according to the company.

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