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Toyota iQ EV

The Japanese automaker will premiere the Toyota iQ EV prototype at this year's Geneva Motor Show, which is an iQ based electric model...duh, using Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.

The Toyota iQ EV is part of the automaker's short-range, sustainable mobility offensive, and uses a newly developed, flat and compact lithium-ion battery pack in order to have a 65 miles autonomy before having to recharge.

The Toyota iQ EV will begin testing in Europe this year, and if everything goes according to plan, then the production version will enter the market in 2012 through a leasing programme.

Besides the Toyota iQ EV, the automaker's stand in Geneva will also feature the Yaris HSD, Prius+ and FT-86 Concept II.  

Toyota press release :

    * 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.

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