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.