Toyota’s EV Prototype makes its
European debut at the Geneva motor show as the latest model in
an electric vehicle research and development programme that
began 40 years ago.
car, based on the current iQ, is designed to address key issues
surrounding the production of all-electric vehicles for
emissions-free urban mobility, such as driving range and
performance and battery technology.
The compact size of iQ and its
innovative design and packaging have already helped it
demonstrate its essentially urban-friendly driving character.
The introduction 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.
A 47kW permanent magnet
synchronous electric motor drivers 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.
Trials of the EV Prototype are
set to begin in Europe, the USA and Japan later this year.