Toyota to show electric IQ with 65 mile range in Geneva ahead of 2012 launch
By Mike Hanlon
February 15, 2011
Toyota will show a fully-electric IQ prototype at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, offering an extremely compact four-seater with a range of 65 miles. The prototype is based on the current IQ model and features a single electric motor driving the front wheels, powered by a newly developed, flat and compact lithium-ion battery which is located beneath the floor without compromising loadspace or passenger accommodation. The drivetrain adapted from Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
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.