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.
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.