Confirmed: Toyota Electric iQ


Toyota has just confirmed that it will begin European trials of an all-electric version of its iQ city car in 2011. Toyota unveiled the iQ last year, and while it'll go on sale in the U.S. starting from 2012, the firm is looking to sell it in other markets including Europe. Toyota has also been busy working with automaker Tesla and its product, the all-electric RAV4, is set to go on sale in 2012 in the U.S. as well. In all, Toyota is set to launch 11 hybrids by the end of 2012.

Already confirmed for launch is a hybrid version of the Yaris and a Prius-based MPV. The Prius plug-in will be launch in, you guessed it, 2012. Toyota states that next-generation batteries are in development and they are expected to bring big advances in performance. Looks like we'll have to wait till 2012 for the onslaught of Toyota hybrid and electric vehicles to go on sale.

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