TheiQcity car (sold under the Scion nameplate in North America) is designed specifically designed to be used in an urban environment. Prototypes were displayed at both the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in the form of the FT-EV III concept and this year’s Geneva Auto Show. Now Toyota has officially revealed a plug-in all-electric variant – but it will not enter full production.Toyota will concentrate its efforts on hybrids and will produce only 100 units of the iQ EV that will be sold exclusively in Japan and the U.S.
The zero-emissions version of theToyota’s city car is powered by a new development of the Hybrid Synergy Drive. It comprises a electric motor with 47kW (63HP) and 163Nm (120 lb-ft) of torque, a 12.0 kWh, 277.5V battery pack, a 3kW water-cooled battery charger, a DC/DC converter, an inverter, a motor speed reduction mechanism and a regenerative braking system.
According to the Japanese automaker, the iQ EV accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 14.0 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 125 km/h (78 mph). Its NEDC-certified range is 85 km (53 miles)
The iQ EV offers three modes of operation, selectable by the gear shift lever: D-range for minimum energy consumption, S-charge for maximum performance and B-range for maximum regenerative braking to extend the iQ’s range as far as possible.
Fully charging the battery pack takes approximately 3 hours from a 230V home outlet, while a rapid charger-compliant port enables an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes.