The EV will feature lithium ion batteries which will provide power to four in-wheel motors.

New details have emerged about Toyota's upcoming iQ-based battery electric vehicle.

Essentially previewed by the FT-EV Concept which debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production EV is expected to be launched in 2010 with unique styling.

Although information is scarce, the EV will feature lithium ion batteries which will provide power to four in-wheel motors. This should enable the car to travel up to 150km (93 miles) on a full charge. Toyota estimates that recharging should take about eight hours, but the exact time will depend on a number of variables.

Overall, the Toyota IQ EV sounds similar to Nissan's upcoming EV which will also be launched in 2010. However, the Nissan boasts a slight advantage as its range is expected to be 160km (99.4 miles).

 

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