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 |  Oct 01 2012, 9:14 AM

Electric cars are not the future, even in Europe where public perception of gas alternative mobility solutions is significantly more favorable. That, at least, is the opinion of the world’s largest automaker, as expressed by Toyota Motor Europe CEO Didier Leroy at the Paris Motor Show this week.

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 |  Sep 24 2012, 3:12 PM

Although Toyota rolled out its second all-electric vehicle today, the company is making it clear that EV technology is not on the forefront of its battle plans, which will focus more on conventional hybrids and plug-in hybrids. 

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 |  Sep 24 2012, 10:29 AM

Debuting later this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Toyota iQ EV has just been unveiled as the second all-electric vehicle in the brand’s lineup.

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 |  Jul 01 2011, 6:00 PM

Scion‘s new iQ mini-car hasn’t even made it to dealers, but already Toyota has announced plans for an electric version of the strange 3-seater.

Essentially a rebadged and restyled version of the Toyota iQ that’s been on sale in Europe and Japan for several years, when the Scion model does arrive it will get a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder making 99-hp.

Toyota has already announced plans to test an iQ EV in Europe and the Scion model is expected to use the same lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor with a targeted 65 mile range. Placing the batteries low in the floor of the car it should deliver a lower center of gravity and promises to maintain the cars 3+1 seating arrangement.

Also in 2012 Toyota will launch a second EV, based on the RAV4 and using battery technology from Tesla.

And while 2012 will be an important year for Toyota’s electric car efforts, the Prius will continue to be the focus of the brand’s green efforts with the launch of the Prius PHEV, with an emissions-free 12-mile electric range before switching over to act like a conventional hybrid.

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 |  Feb 15 2011, 9:26 AM

As we anticipate the launch of the Scion iQ here in North America, parent company Toyota is preparing to introduction an all electric version of the mini-car in Europe.

Set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, the car uses a lithium-ion battery located under the floor. As a result it doesn’t take up any passenger space and with all the weight down-low, it also improves the car’s center of gravity.

The car’s range is set at 65 miles and a leasing program is set to begin in Europe in 2012. A similar program will then be launched in the U.S.

The Toyota iQ EV will debut alongside the FT-86 Concept II, the Yaris hybrid and the Prius+ in Geneva.

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