The Toyota iQ EV is set to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It’s actually the second all-electric vehicle in the lineup. The electric version is longer by five inches and is heavier by 275 lbs compared to the gasoline version while having the same storage capacity due to a flat underbody. The iQ EV is equipped with a 47-kilowatt air-cooled electric motor that produces 120 lb-ft of torque sent instantly to the front wheel. The iQ EV can accelerate to 62 mph in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 77 mph. It is targeted nearly exclusively at city driving. On a full charge, the car runs for 52 miles. But with the use of a quick charger for only 15 minutes, the car already acquires 80% battery power. It takes three hours to get a full charge when using a 230-volt outlet. Toyota had to minimize power usage on the EV so it has been equipped with a low power consumption heat pump air conditioning system, optimized seat heaters, a new heated windscreen defroster that helps in keeping the windshield fog free without having to turn on the AC or heat. The car makes use of a black-and-white color scheme on its interior and exterior and gets standard features such as a smart entry & start system, a six-speaker audio system and hill start assist.
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