Toyota’s latest prototype of an electric vehicle will have its European premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The electric drive train of the vehicle is based on the versatile adaptable Hybrid Synergy Drive from Toyota. Toyota said that the new electric vehicle (EV) represents its long-term vision for sustainable mobility, alongside with the developed parallel full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell hybrid vehicles.
The EV prototype features an all-electric drive, which was integrated into the Toyota iQ package. This car is as agile as a compact city car but it doesn’t emit any pollution.
It can be driven up to 105 kilometers (measured in the Japanese test cycle C08). The use of a newly developed, extremely flat and compact lithium-ion battery provides an exceptionally intelligent vehicle packaging that doesn’t reduce the space for four passengers and the cargo capacity.
Testing of the new Toyota electric car will be done during the year 2011 in Europe. And by 2012, it’s expected that a leasing program will be introduced. At the Geneva show, the EV prototype will be displayed beside the Yaris HSD Concept concept car, the seven-seater hybrid Prius Van + and the sports car concept FT-86 II. Toyota has scheduled a press conference for March 1.
The exterior of the new Toyota iQ EV is derived from the FT-EV III concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Boasting of distinct styling details, the exterior of the new iQ EV employs a two-tone finish --White Pearl and Black – for a simple yet dynamic design that should immediately distinguish the vehicle as an advanced, all-electric evolution of the iQ city car.
Up front, the new Toyota iQ EV is distinguished from its conventional version by the absence of the upper grille and the addition of a charging port lid on the side of the Toyota badge. This positioning of the port lid at the front of the iQ EV should allow for maximum ease of charging cable connection at almost any urban parking area.
Just like all the latest generation Toyota vehicles, the new Toyota iQ EV features a lower bumper with trapezoidal, Under Priority character lines as well as an enlarged gloss black lower grille that incorporates Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
In addition, the new iQ EV comes with a new headlamp design that incorporates gloss black side extension battery cooling air inlets as well as projector halogen headlamp housings with black interior finish – all helping distinguish the electric version from a standard iQ.
The sides, meanwhile, are marked by the black upper surfaces of the two-tone color scheme and the blacked-out B pillar, as well as aluminum wheels with two-tone wheel caps.
Apparent on the rear of the new iQ EV are a black tailgate and a LED combination lamp design, which is located just above a trapezoidal mounting area for the license plate. The tailgate and the lamp design complement the front Under Priority styling to further boost the broad and steady stance of the iQ EV's.