Toyota EV Fleet to Expand with Electric iQ in 2012

The march of the electric car continues. Hot off the announcement of the rebirth of its electric Rav4, Toyota has announced that it will also make an electric version of its iQ mini-car, which in the U.S. will be marketed as a Scion.

The Toyota iQ is currently sold in many European and Asian markets as a small city-commuter car, not unlike the Smart ForTwo. It’s cute but hardly at the top of my list of must-have automobiles. However, Toyota plans to make an electric version of the iQ that will substantially undercut the price of other electric-car offerings like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Of course, a lower cost means less range. The all-electric iQ will have a range of about 65 miles on a single charge, and should be hitting the market sometime in spring of 2012. No word on price, though I’m hoping that with such a limited range, it won’t come in at any more than $20,000.

Source: Automotive News

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.