Toyota EV prototype

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Toyota’s iQ-based electric prototype is to make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the current iQ model, the EV prototype has an electric powertrain based on Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The vehicle integrates its all-electric powertrain within the compact four-seat iQ package thanks to a newly developed, flat and compact lithium-ion battery that has been accommodated beneath the vehicle floor, without compromising loadspace or passenger accommodation. It provides enough charge to give the car a range of up to 65 miles.

The EV prototype is being put through testing on European roads this year, with a potential market introduction through a leasing programme in 2012. Toyota has already announced its plans to bring the car to market in the USA and is also investigating its viability in other regions.

The car represents Toyota’s long-term vision for short-range, sustainable mobility.

The EV prototype will be featured on the Toyota stand at Geneva alongside three models making their world-first appearance: Yaris HSD, Prius+ and FT-86 Concept II.