Toyota's iQ EV Electric Concept Car In Geneva
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Toyota displayed their iQ EV electric concept car at the Geneva Motor Show (Press Day - March 3, 2009). Toyota's engineers are obviously 'burning the midnight oil' to make the iQ EV a production car as soon as possible. The iQ EV electric car will be a front-wheel drive single electric motor driven vehicle. Toyota is working closely with Panasonic EV Energy Co., a partly owned subsidiary company of Toyota, on the development of a lithium-ion battery pack for the new iQ EV.
Toyota appears to have built the iQ EV Concept on the 2009 iQ chassis, which is a car that sets the standard for micro design and size efficiency. The iQ is very roomy for two passengers and a small child and has the ability to carry up to three adults and one child (3+1) when necessary. The split rear seat can be folded down with one rear seat or both rear seats to create a large cargo carrying capability when needed. Toyota, much like smart cars, markets the iQ as a trend setting vehicle, with a 'nouveau' world image.