Toyota has been forthcoming with plans to test an iQ EV in Europe, but little has been revealed when it comes to the electric iQ’s North American release. Badged as a Scion, don’t get your hopes up about owning one.
Scion says you should see the iQ EV on the road sometime this year. But before you get your checkbook ready, Scion warns us that the upcoming iQ EV will only be available for fleet services.
While that usually means regular customers won’t be able to get their hands on a car, Craig Taguchi from Scion Public Relations tells us that they is working on getting these cars into car-sharing fleets like ZipCar – though which fleet has yet to be confirmed. This would then give regular consumers, usually those in densely populated urban areas, the ability to rent an electric iQ for a limited period of time.
As for the total number of iQ EVs available, Taguchi also told us that numbers would be quite small, somewhere below 1,000 units.
Toyota is continuing to develop its electric division both in-house and in collaboration with Tesla Motors. The iQ EV is expected to use an electric motor and battery system developed by Toyota engineers, while the upcoming RAV4 EV is the result of a partnership with Tesla.