Toyota is now planning to launch an electric version of iQ in order to cover the segment of the electric small models. Struggling to cope with the rivals, Toyota plans to launch in the near future an electric version for the small iQ model. The electric Toyota iQ is expected to debut on the European market somewhere in 2012 according to the first rumors.
Toyota confirmed to the the American press, that the electric IQ is developed for short distances in an urban environment. The radius is around 105 km. Toyota hopes to bring the electric IQ into the market for a price below the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi I-miev. Of course, a lower cost means less range. The all-electric iQ will have a range of about 65 miles on a single charge, and should be hitting the market sometime in spring of 2012. No word on price, though I’m hoping that with such a limited range, it won’t come in at any more than $20,000.
For interior with new grey and has been introduced, with contrasting black upper trims on the doors and toning fabric upholstery. The new cabin colour-way is available with Eclipse Black, Pearl White, Island Blue and Tyrol Silver exterior finishes, while the established plum interior will continue to be offered with Deep Amethyst, Chilli Red and Decuma Grey.
“TMC will continue to improve the fuel efficiency of its conventional combustion-engine cars, which account for the majority of its sales, while raising performance, reducing costs and expanding the company’s product lineup,” the company said in a statement. “Within these efforts, hybrid technologies—consisting of the basic technologies necessary for development of various eco-cars—are positioned as key technologies to achieve both high fuel efficiency and driving performance, and to facilitate the use of various fuels with the aim of creating a low-carbon society through response to the need to diversify energy sources.”
This new electric Toyota will be market in the US, Japan and Europe, while China is an option. To develop new hybrid cars is still the main goal for Toyota. In 2012 they are planning to bring out eleven new hybrid models including some total new developed cars.