Toyota plans to launch twenty one new gas-electric hybrid cars before the end of 2015 to meet the increasing demand for fuel efficient and eco-friendly vehicles. An electric version of the iQ city car’s will be launched in Japan as the eQ and in the US as the iQ EV in December 2012, like the part of an important investment in recyclable transportation. The limited numbers of eQ (iQ EV in the U.S.) will be launched because of a conventional view on the international hybrid vehicles market. Approximately 100 units of battery-powered eQ vehicles will be sold in the U.S. and Japan with the price tag of ¥3.6 million ($45,000) and contains a limited cruise array of 100 kilometers (62 miles).
Toyota eQ, high-performance, high efficiency, compact car will be powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, with a top speed of 125 kilometers per hour. The battery delivers 64 horsepower (47 kW) and 163 Nm of torque (120 lb-ft), allowing the car to reach a top speed. This battery will be charged upto 80% within only fifteen minutes. With just a single charging, this car can go 100 kilometers. Drivers can easily and securely drive this car during the fog conditions with the help of its new windscreen. The length of this car is 2385mm.
It is expected that the automaker will get help from the eQ in developing the business, experiencing the requirement for full-scale sales of electric vehicles. As per Toyota Vice Chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, electric vehicles are inexpensive in comparison to gasoline vehicles in terms of energy prices and they are suitable for short distances driving in cities.
Toyota enters electric car market with eQ model video from youtube: