Toyota’s EV Prototype debuted in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show. It is the latest model in an electric vehicle research and development program that started 40 years ago. Based on the existing iQ, the new car is intended to address key issues around the production of all-electric vehicles for emissions-free urban mobility, like driving range and performance and battery technology.
The compact size of iQ and its innovative design and packaging helped demonstrate its basically urban-friendly driving character. It becomes a stronger proposition with the introduction of an all-electric powertrain, which has zero tailpipe emissions.
It offers silent driving in a car with room for four on board. The front wheels are driven by a 47kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, which is powered by an 11kWh, 270V lithium-ion battery positioned beneath the seats. The use of a new, flat battery design, placed where the iQ’s flat fuel tank usually is, means that it doesn’t affect the room for passengers or load-carrying.
The EV prototype can sprint from zero to 62mph in 14 seconds and it has a top speed of 78mph and can cover up to 65 miles on a full charge. Two charging sockets are found at the front of the vehicle for 100/200V AC and quick-charge DC power.
A full battery recharge can be reached from a 200V supply in four hours. And in about 15 minutes, an 80% charge from a DC quick charge station can be achieved. Later this year, trials of the EV Prototype are set to start in Europe, the USA and Japan.