We were excited to bring you news of Toyota’s EV Prototype a few weeks ago. Now, as the all-electric car makes its European debut at this year’s Geneva motor show, we can reveal more about the latest model in an electric vehicle research and development programme that Toyota began 40 years ago.
The new car, unmistakably based on the current iQ – a vehicle already famed for its low emissions and fuel efficiency – is designed to address key issues surrounding the production of all-electric vehicles for emissions-free urban mobility. These include driving range, performance and battery technology.
Why choose an iQ? The city car’s compact size and its innovative design and packaging have already helped it demonstrate its essentially urban-friendly driving character. The introduction of an all-electric powertrain, with zero tailpipe emissions, makes it an even stronger proposition, delivering silent driving in a car with room for four on board.
A 47kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor drives the front wheels, powered by an 11kWh, 270V lithium-ion battery located beneath the seats. Clever use of a new, flat battery design, occupying space usually taken up by iQ’s flat fuel tank, means there is no impact on the room available for passengers or load-carrying.
The EV Prototype will accelerate from nought to 62mph in 14 seconds, it has a top speed of 78mph and will cover up to 65 miles on a full charge. Two charging sockets are provided at the front of the vehicle for 100/200V AC and quick-charge DC power. They allow a full battery recharge from a 200V supply in four hours, and an 80 per cent charge from a DC quick charge station in about 15 minutes.
Trials of the EV Prototype are set to begin in Europe, the USA and Japan later this year – we’ll bring you the latest information on the blog as soon as it’s announced.
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