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.
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.
Meanwhile, the exterior of the new Toyota iQ EV is derived from the FT-EV III concept displayed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. As such, the new Toyota iQ EV features distinct styling details. For instance, it makes use of a two-tone exterior -- White Pearl and Black – to ensure that it is easily recognizable as a highly advanced, all-electric version of Toyota’s city car.
The front end of the new Toyota iQ EV is fitted with simple surfaces structure marked by the absence of the upper grille. This grille is replaced by a charging port lid located on the right side of the Toyota badge. The front positioning of the port lid allows owners to easily connect the charging cable and operate in a wide array of urban parking situations.
Its lower bumper makes use of the Toyota’s Under Priority trapezoidal character lines as well as a large lower grille finished in gloss black. The lower grille accommodates the EV’s Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Meanwhile, the headlight units feature a new design that incorporates air inlets that help direct cooling air to the battery. The interior of the projector halogen headlamp housings is finished in black to distinguish the EV from its conventional counterpart.
When viewed from the sides, the new Toyota iQ EV reveals elegantly black upper surfaces and its blacked out B pillar. The side profile of the new Toyota iQ EV is also marked by new, aluminum wheels with two-tone wheel caps.