Electric Scion iQ Sighting Shows Toyota Working On Electric Car
Toyota hasn’t been very excited or even eager to embrace electric cars, EV. While the rest of the car manufacturing world saw electric cars as a marketing brag right, Toyota, amongst a few flat out denied the feasibility of such cars. And indeed, why not when the company has finally started making money on its mild hybrid, poster wunderkind, the Prius a few years ago. After over a decade of mildly tweaking its hybrid flagship Prius, Toyota finally caved in to the growing demand for a plug-in hybrid, PEHV version, due out soon.
Toyota The Pragmatic. Toyota is not a startup and therefore we should not expect wild and dramatic moves from the company. Toyota does things slowly, crossing its T’s and dotting its I’s. Still, when the world heard about the Tesla Motors deal with the resurrection of the (ill-)famed RAV4 EV, cheers and accolades abounded. When the idea floated around an electrified version of the iQ, the same general enthusiasm was felt. But years go by and little happens, until...
A few days ago an Autoweek reader spotted an electric Scion iQ while he was recharging his Chevrolet Volt, obviously near the company’s headquarter in Torrance, California. As it would be, the electric iQ looks like its gasoline counterpart. Aside from the inevitable “EV” badges, a two-tone paint job and a smooth grille are the only difference.