The electric version of Toyota iQ, simply known as Toyota EV, is set for European debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, the EV is the base for a production electric city car to be launched in 2012.
The vehicle successfully integrates an all-electric powertrain within the iQ package, maintaining the car’s essential urban-friendly agility with zero tailpipe emissions and easy, silent electric running.
Thanks to a flat and compact lithium-ion battery pack that’s located beneath the car’s floor, there’s no compromise on loadspace or passenger accommodation. It provides enough charge to give the car a range of up to 65 miles. Toyota is currently testing the platform considering a potential market launch by 2012. They have already announced its plans to bring the car to market in the USA and is also investigating its viability in other regions.
The EV prototype will be featured on the Toyota stand at Geneva alongside three models making their world-first appearance: Yaris HSD, Prius+ and FT-86 Concept II.