13. Toyota EX-II
Toyota has always been ahead of the curve in terms of technological advancements. After all, this is the company that brought us the Prius and introduced the world to the Corolla. The Toyota EX-II was an electric car concept that hit the Tokyo auto show in 1969. The car was one of the most revolutionary electric cars to hit the road, needless to say, the style was praised. The fully enclosed EX-II offered a noteworthy single person cabin and decent road manners.
The technology was still early at the time but the EX-II offered promise, especially in an industry that was still brand new. The car had most of the shortcomings that all-electric vehicles did around this period, such as a very small demeanor and no realistic cargo area. It seems that automakers had to get over the hurdle of finding a powerful enough electric motor to propel today’s much heavier vehicles. Still, in terms of design and technology, the Toyota EX-II was far ahead of the Tesla Model S by far.