“Toyota believes battery-electric vehicles have the potential to play a role in future mobility strategies…Up to now, cost and convenience issues have limited BEV's appeal with a broad consumer market."
Chris Hostetter, TMS group vice president of strategic planning.
It was announced this month that the diminutive 2013 Scion iQ EV battery-electric vehicle will be joining several car-sharing programs in the US. Toyota says the specific car-sharing programs for the iQ will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2013 Scion iQ EV is able to get an estimated driving range of 50 miles on a full charge thanks to its a 12-kilowatt-hour battery, which can be fully recharged on a 240-volt outlet in as little as three hours.
The 2013 IQ EV has comes equipped with state of the art efficiency technologies including, regenerative braking, heat pump air conditioning and LED lights instead of regular bulbs.
The 2013 iQ EV has three operating modes: D, S and B.
D mode, the energy saving mode for the 2013 iQ EV, tells the motor to use the least amount of power. S mode on the iQ is the performance based mode which provides better acceleration while B mode maximizes the iQ’s regenerative braking capabilities.
Engine output for the 2013 Scion iQ EV is 63 hp, with a torque rating of 120 lb-ft. While driving in S mode the iQ is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 13.4 seconds, and from 30-50 mph in seven seconds, while producing a top speed of 78 mph.
The 2013 Scion iQ EV was specifically designed for drivers whole live in an urban environment. The benefit of an urban setting is that it will offer driver more available charging stations.
Like most EV models in the market, the 2013 Scion iQ EV is not equipped with a front grille, instead using the space for the car's charging port. Just like the standard iQ, the 2013 iQ EV will continue to have a wide rear bumper and the trapezoidal headlights. The 2013 iQ EV is offered in silver and red.
One of the coolest features on the 2013 Scion iQ is its navigation system, which offers several EV-driving support features. The navigation system is equipped with a seven-inch screen which can display power consumption and energy flow on half of the screen, while the other half displays a map for directions. Taking it one step further, the navigation system offers an optional range map which displays an estimate of the distance left in the iQ under its current charge.
The 2013 Scion iQ EV went into production this past September, however don’t expect to see too many on the road as Toyota says about 90 percent of Scion iQ EVs will go to fleets.
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