The first project from the Japan-based Toyota Automobile Association’s Crazy Car Project was featured at the Detroit Auto Show this January. The project involved converting a 1967 Toyota 2000GT into a solar electric vehicle.

The classic 2000GT was on the market from 1967 to 1970, and was featured in the 1967 James Bond film, You Can Only Live Twice. The rare sports car has sold at auction for as much as $375,000


Japan’s Toyota Automobile Association Crazy Car Project’s 1967 Toyota 2000GT Solar EV. Credit: Green Auto Blog .

For the project, Toyota replaced the 2000GT’s engine with a 161-horsepower electric motor. The company integrated solar panels onto the roof and the hood, which powers the 2000GT’s 345-volt, 40 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery. In turn, the lithium-ion battery powers a 120 kilowatt electric motor. Toyota claims that the car can reach a top speed of around 125 miles per hour, and that the car weighs about 3,219 pounds.

The Crazy Car Project, led by Toyota, is comprised of over 50 engineers from car dealers, parts suppliers, and car makers, including Panasonic, DENSO, Aisin Seiki, Aisin AW, Kanto Auto Works, Hayashi Telempu, and Chiba Toyopet.


The solar panels on the 1967 Toyota 2000GT power the 161-horsepower electric motor. Credit: Green Auto Blog.

The car was converted in a six month period; all of the electricity needed to power the batteries is generated from the car’s solar panels. The vehicle has no station socket for charging. The zero emission vehicle takes two weeks in the sun to fully charge.

For more information on the Crazy Car Project, a YouTube video is available here.#!




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