Hybrids and electric vehicles have have been front and center at auto shows over the past few years, and next month's Geneva Motor Show is proving to be no different. According to Toyota, the automaker will introduce an iQ EV prototype at the show, equipped with a new flat lithium ion battery capable of 65 miles of travel on a single charge. The rechargeable iQ could prove to be the next generation of the iQ EV II concept from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The iQ EV will supposedly be made available to European buyers as a lease-only proposition sometime in 2012. But will we ever see an iQ EV in the U.S.? Only if the gas-powered Scion iQ paves the way.
- Toyota EV prototype to make European debut at Geneva motor show
- iQ-based model with electric powertrain based on Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive
- Four-seat vehicle equipped with new, flat lithium-ion battery pack giving potential driving range of up to 65 miles*
- European testing to take place ahead of potential 2012 market introduction
- Toyota is to give its electric vehicle – EV – prototype its European debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
Based on the current iQ model, the EV prototype represents Toyota's long-term vision for short-range, sustainable mobility and demonstrates the adaptability of Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for a range of alternative power systems. 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.
A newly developed, flat and compact lithium-ion battery has been accommodated beneath the vehicle floor without compromising loadspace or passenger accommodation. It provides enough charge to give the car a range of up to 65 miles*.
The EV prototype is being put through testing on European roads this year, with a potential market introduction through a leasing programme in 2012. Toyota has 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.
The Toyota press conference will take place at 9.15am on 1 March.