If merely plugging in is too much change, do they expect people to take seriously an EV that requires an entirely different way of piloting the vehicle?
Why, really, are they showing a concept electric car with less than half the range of Toyota's own decade-old RAV4 EV?
Is it too much to suggest that fifty-mile range and "joystick-like controls that feature a steam-punk design motif" is meant to confirm the negative notions about electric cars Toyota wants consumers to believe?
Yanquetino gets it right in his comment on the autobloggreen.com story:
Translation: "EVs are punishment cars."