All-electric Toyota iQ EV Prototype makes its European debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show

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.

Toyota EV Prototype

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.

Toyota EV Prototype

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.

Toyota EV Prototype

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.

Click here for more news from the 2011 Geneva motor show.


    1. Hi Sue,

      The iQ EV Prototype is currently still being developed, and therefore we don’t have any information on price or performance. But as soon as we have more information we will post it here on the blog.

      Thanks for your question.

  1. Hi Toyota,

    I’m in the market for London commute small electric car. I am consider the Renault Zoe or the Smart Fortwo ED. I will buy this IQ EV if it come to the UK next year because I own a Toyota Prius and I love Toyota product as well as the service. However your announcement recently this EV is due next year is in the US not in the UK. Can you give me an definite anwser whether this car is coming to the UK or not.

    Many thanks.

  2. Hi Toyota,
    Having had Toyota IQ (automatic) for last 2 years and please with its results we bought another Toyota last month. We went for Avensis Tourer this time for family use outside city. I have recently installed Solar pannels I would be keen to get my hands on Electric version of IQ which would be powered by electricity generated- effectively ZERO running cost.
    I am happy to be contacted for any tests/ feedback and would like to enrole myself future sales.

  3. Hi Brian

    At the moment there have been no further updates regarding the IQ EV, the last news report we have is from the Tokyo Motor Show here We’ll continue to update you when we receive further news, thanks for getting in touch.

    1. Hi Ellen
      Thanks for your post.
      This EV is still a concept at the moment so not on sale just yet. Do stay tuned to our Blog for the latest news.

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