2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo 2011: Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid Concept Released at Last

Suzuki completes its fleet for Tokyo with the Swift EV Hybrid Concept.

According to Suzuki's researchers, owners of their Swift hatchback travel between 12 to 18 miles a day. The Japanese car company decided that was telling enough to create a concept car for their hatch, complete with range-extending electric tech. The Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid concept features a small internal combustion engine designed for charging its electric battery when it becomes depleted, a la the spontaneously-combusting (allegedly) Chevy Volt.

The Swift concept's battery is very light and it takes a very short time to charge up. The plug-in extending system could make its way to other production models over the next few years and they believe it would be a perfect match for European drivers because they tend to drive more. In any case, the Suzuki Swift EV Hybrid takes only 90 minutes to charge on a 200V outlet and 4 hours on a 100V outlet. Check out the live photos of the quick charging hybrid below, as it is currently on display at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

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