Toyota has just announced details of its small electric vehicle (EV) program at the Future Mobility Seminar in Denver, CO this week, which the company will begin deploying its small 2013 Scion iQ EV on campuses and in urban environment later this year as part of a car-sharing program. Approximately 90 cars will be available for test at these campuses and urban areas.
As we know, the 2013 Scion iQ EV is very small. It has a wheelbase of just about 78-inch, relatively smaller to the nominal wheelbase of 109 inch on an average car. But don’t let the small size of the 2013 Scion iQ EV fools you, it has seating for four. The 2013 Scion iQ EV gets its power from a 47-kW (63 horsepower) electric motor, which is juiced by a 12-kWh battery. On a single charge, the small EV have a driving range up to 50 miles, and can reach a top speed of 78 miles per hour. Once the battery charge is depleted, it takes up to three hours to fully charge with a 240V charger.
To conserve energy, the 2013 Scion iQ EV also has three driving modes: D, B and S. In D mode, it uses the least amount of battery power in city driving, S is for sport mode, and B is to improve efficiency with regenerative braking.
Currently, 2013 Scion iQ EV is in the test phase, and it is available in only two colors of Silver and Super Red. Nicely, the company added a leather-wrapped seat to give a feel of an upscale EV.