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Toyota To Debut iQ EV Concept in Geneva

Maker hopes to regain lead in green space.

by on Feb.15, 2011

Toyota plans to put the iQ EV into production in 2012.

Slow to embrace battery-electric vehicles, Toyota is struggling to make up for lost time, and will introduce another electric car concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The iQ EV prototype is a lithium-ion-powered version of the little iQ microcar – a conventionally-fueled version of which will soon makes its way to the States wearing a Scion badge.  The four-seater is only slightly larger than the current Smart fortwo.

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The battery concept will deliver about 65 miles per charge, according to Toyota, using a new flat battery pack that is distinctly different from the cylindrical, laptop computer-style lithium-ion batteries that will be used in the RAV4 EV.  That battery-electric crossover, developed in cooperation with the Silicon Valley start-up, Tesla Motors, is due to market in 2012.