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Toyota is making an electric car with a manual gearbox just for fun.

Toyota engineers are developing on a realistic-feeling faux manual transmission as a potential option for customers who find electric cars dull.

To be clear, there would be zero benefit to having a manual transmission in an electric vehicle. It would be a novelty feature for gas-powered vehicle owners who enjoy playing with the gears.

Toyota’s long-held skepticism of EVs has given way to plans for a more aggressive push into the market. That means thinking of strategies to get the attention of people with very different tastes. This sort of addition could sway skeptics who aren’t drawn to the customary ease and simplicity of electric cars.

Even among gasoline-powered vehicles, the vast majority on the U.S. market today feature automatic transmissions that allow gear changes to occur without any input from the driver. Manual gearboxes, which require the driver to use the clutch and shift using the steering wheel, are more common in high-performance vehicles and, in some situations, very inexpensive vehicles. However, you’re more likely to encounter one in Europe or somewhere abroad.

Since electric motors spin quickly and don’t require the assistance of numerous gear ratios at different speeds, most electric automobiles just have a single gear.

According to a patent application submitted by Toyota in the United States in late May, the vehicle in question would not feature a conventional multi-speed transmission. Instead, sensors and a central computer would be linked to a shifter that could be used to simulate the experience of driving a car with a manual transmission. Since not all manual-transmission vehicles are the same—some have more gears than others or different engines—the centralized computer would be set up to simulate only one particular type of manual-transmission vehicle. In addition to the brake and gas pedals, the driver will also have a clutch pedal.

The ability to “downshift,” or apply engine braking, will also be available to motorists. The driver shifts into a lower gear, releases the clutch, and doesn’t apply any gas. Then, the car slows down naturally due to the friction of the engine’s lack of power.

To some extent, Toyota’s simulated manual transmission is designed to mimic the feeling of really driving with a stick shift. Similar to a gas-powered manual gearbox vehicle, the automobile will tremble and buck if the driver doesn’t “give it enough gas” or chooses the incorrect gear. In order to protect the automobile’s battery, the computer will restrict how much the car can shake.

The drivers are not obligated to use the simulated manual transmission. There would be a “fake manual” mode in addition to the standard electric vehicle mode.

Despite not being mentioned in the patent filing, publications on the technology have suggested that false engine sounds will accompany the shifting and speeding up. Whether or when this fake-shifting EV will be available for purchase, and in what international markets, remains to be seen.

Toyota was not interested in discussing the matter further.

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