Spy Shots: Toyota iQ EV testing in China

Published on July 25, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota iQ EV testing in China

Very interesting spy shots of the Toyota iQ EV testing in China. Toyota said earlier it would make only 600 electric iQ’s this year; 400 for Japan, 100 for the US and 100 for Europe. Chinese media reports today that the Chinese market will get some as well, but how many and when is unknown.

Toyota iQ EV testing in China

The iQ EV differs from the patrol powered iQ by its tow-tone paint, a smoothed-over grille, unique wheel covers, and some ‘EV’ badges here and there. The iQ EV has a range of around 80 to 100 km.

Toyota does not sell the patrol iQ on the Chinese auto market but the EV could function as a show case to strengthen Toyota’s green credentials in China, which can be very useful because of the heavy involvement from the Chinese government in the auto industry. The government wants green & clean so bringing a high-tech electric car to the market will certainly score Toyota some points in Beijing.


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    […] Electric Toyota iQ Caught Testing in China Toyota sells the iQ city car/super-mini in North America as a Scion. We already knew an electric version is on the way, and in limited numbers. It was thought that none were going to China but why was one just caught undergoing testing there? You can tell the EV from the gas model by the two-tone paint job, a smooth grille, unique wheel-covers, and some EV badges. The electric model should have a range of 45 to 60 miles. Toyota does not sell the gas-powered iQ in China. Maybe they are considering bringing some over from Japan. Toyota has earmarked 400 of the cars for the JDM market, 100 for Europe and 100 for the US. The US cars will only go to car-share fleets. So if you were hoping to buy one, too bad. [Source: Car News China] […]

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