Toyota will unveil an electric prototype of the Toyota iQ microcar at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The car will feature an all-electric powertrain as opposed to the entry-level iQ’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor.
The Toyota iQ EV prototype features a newly designed flat lithium-ion battery pack so the power can be stored underneath the compact car. As the iQ is already very small and offers limited boot space, this new design will showcase the possibilities of future compact EV technology – the iQ EV is set to offer the same boot and passenger room as the standard petrol version.
Toyota will unveil the car alongside three other headline acts at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, including the Toyota FT-86 coupe, the Europe-specification Toyota Prius+ wagon, and a Toyota Yaris HSD concept hybrid.
The Toyota iQ EV is said to become available in 2012, but initially only through a lease plan. We’ll keep you updated with more information upon the car’s official unveiling.
Reports say the Toyota iQ EV prototype has a potential range of up to 105km on a full charge although it is still undergoing testing in Europe.