We all know electric vehicles do not have enough range to be as versatile as hybrids or internal-combustion engine models. In theory, if their use is confided in daily commute in cities, their range is more than enough to satisfy the needs of most drivers. Japanese carmaker Toyota developed the iQ city car, designed to be used in an urban environment. We had the opportunity to see the model as a prototype under the name of FT-EV III at the Tokyo Motor Show and even this year, in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Time has come for the automaker to reveal a plug-in all-electric variant of the iQ.
Unfortunately it will not go full production. Only 100 units will be available which will be sold only in Japan and the North American market. The zero emission models are powered by a new development of the Hybrid Synergy Drive. To be more precise, it contains an electric motor capable of developing 47 kW and 163 Nm of torque, a 12.0 kWh, 277.5V battery pack, a DC / DC converter, an inverter, a 3 kW water-cooled battery charger, a regenerative braking system and a motor speed reduction mechanism. All these will enable the new Toyota iQ EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 14.0 seconds and to reach a maximum speed of 125 km/h. Its range is 85 km.
The carmaker offer three modes of operation which can be selected by the gear shift lever. The first one is D-range for minimum energy consumption, S-charge for maximum performance and last, we have the B-range for maximum regenerative braking to extend the range of the model as much as possible. It takes about three hours to full recharge from a 230V home outlet. 80% of the battery can be recharged in only 15 minutes, in case you are in a hurry. To reduce as much as possible the weight increase, the Toyota iQ EV uses high tensile sheet steel in its body construction, so in the end it only gains 125 kg extra. The engineers have also optimized the aerodynamics to cut energy consumption.
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