Trials of all-electric version of iQ city car will begin in Europe from 2011; US sales from 2012

Toyota will begin European trials of an all-electric version of its iQ city car in 2011.

The firm will put the iQ EV, previewed by last year’s FT-EV II concept, on sale in the USA from 2012, but the firm is also looking at selling it in other markets including Europe.

The iQ EV announcement comes as part of a Toyota progress report on its development of alternatively fuelled low carbon vehicles.

See the official pics of the Toyota FT-EV II concept

Working with Tesla, Toyota showed an all-electric RAV4 that uses the US electric car specialist’s running gear; the car will go on sale in the US in 2012.

Toyota will launch 11 hybrids by the end of 2012 including both “all-new and re-designed models”. Already confirmed for launch is a hybrid version of the Yaris and a Prius-based MPV. The Prius plug-in will be launched in early 2012.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Toyota Prius plug-in

The firm has also said next-generation batteries beyond the pack that will be used in the Prius plug-in are in development that will “bring big advances in performance that will be needed for electric cars to succeed in the mass market”. These include solid-slate and metal-air batteries.

In its statement, Toyota added that it believes “eco cars can only have a positive impact on the environment of they are widely used”.

Despite its development of alternatively fuelled vehicles, Toyota has said it remains committed to “improving the efficiency of its internal combustion engines, which account for the majority of sales, while raising performance, reducing costs and expanding the range available”.

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22 November 2010

I doubt the production version will have a full rebody, especially when Aston Martin can't even be bothered...

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

22 November 2010

[quote roverfan1984]I doubt the production version will have a full rebody[/quote]

Looking like this 'car', would you want it?

23 November 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]

[quote roverfan1984]I doubt the production version will have a full rebody[/quote]

Looking like this 'car', would you want it?[/quote]

No, I'd just have an Aygo & several thousand pounds change- I've never understood what the IQ can do that the Aygo can't anyway.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

23 November 2010

[quote Autocar]

The firm has also said next-generation batteries beyond the pack that will be used in the Prius plug-in are in development that will “bring big advances in performance that will be needed for electric cars to succeed in the mass market”. These include solid-slate and metal-air batteries.

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Very interesting - can Autocar find out more?

23 November 2010

Unless someone develops a battery that is far better than those currently available the electric car will be like the steam car just a footnote in history. Any new battery developed would also have to be far cheaper than current batteries. According to Nissan USA the Leaf's battery costs them $750 per kw/h giving a total cost of almost $18k for a battery pack. Imagine what the retail price would be for a replacement battery here in the UK, maybe £30k looking at general spare price mark up over the manufacturing cost.

23 November 2010

No surprise that Toyota unveiling a electric iQ, some sort of hybrid car is now an integral part of the range and it would be inevitable that this car would be next although weight might be an issue.

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