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2011 Geneva Motor Show: Scion iQ electric car to debut

Consumer Reports News: February 17, 2011 02:27 PM

The upcoming Scion iQ is a tiny, Smart car-sized vehicle that looks a whole lot smarter than the diminutive ForTwo. Now an electric version of the iQ, which Toyota promised the first time it showed the car, will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Incidentally, a Smart EV is also in the works, which we’ve driven.

The Toyota iQ EV (the Scion brand exists only in the U.S) concept being shown at Geneva is the third electric concept of the iQ. This one uses a standard iQ body and lithium-ion battery packs to deliver a claimed range of 65 miles. That distance is about only two-thirds the range of other pure electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf, which we’ve already found is often less than 100 miles. But presumably the tiny iQ has less space for batteries.

The iQ is a two plus two passenger car less than 10 feet long. There is very scant legroom behind the front seats. The iQ is slated to go on sale in the U.S later this year.

An electric version will reportedly be sold in Europe starting in 2012.

Eric Evarts

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