It is official: the electric car will rule the roads in the future. Most experts agree that it is a question of when and not if the electric vehicle will overtake their fossil fuel counterparts in terms of sales. Electric vehicles have advanced by leaps and bounds since the days when they used to be viewed as futuristic inventions by ambitious startups. Toyota electric cars are becoming more reliable and affordable.

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The electrics have separated themselves from other alternative-fuel vehicles, like hydrogen-powered vehicles, by proving commercially viable, and they are sold by the thousands by companies like Tesla. Mainstream carmakers have doubled down on making better and better electric cars. Toyota makes some of the world's most popular electric vehicles. In this article, well explain why we think Toyota's iQ EV is the best electric car from the manufacturer and how it compares with the competition.

Toyota Electric Car FAQ

1. What Is an Electric Car?

2. Where Can I Charge My Electric Vehicle?

3. What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Do on an Electric Car?

4. Where Can You Buy Toyota Electric Cars?

5. How Far Can a Typical Electric Travel on a Single Charge?

6. What Is the Lifespan of an Electric Car Battery?

7. How Safe Are Electric Vehicles?

Toyota IQ EV

Features

The Toyota iQ EV, also known as Scion iQ EV, made its debut in 2011, and the vehicle rolled off the factory lines up to 2015. The car joins the Prius Plug-in-Hybrid, FCHV, and RAV4 EV in Toyota's list of all-electric vehicles. The iQ EV is a micro-compact car designed for the city. Although this vehicle did not hit the sales expectations of Toyota, it has proved to be a force to be reckoned with.

Although casual observers may think that the iQ is a two-seater vehicle, this car can actually seat up to four people. Its small length and width mean that it is easy to park in tight spaces, making it a favorite of young city dwellers. In terms of size, the iQ directly competes with the likes of the Fiat 500 and the MINI Cooper. The car has a blocky styling that makes it look tough. 17-inch alloy wheels are available that can make it look even more aggressive.


In the inside, the Scion has a third seat located behind the front passenger sit and a fourth seat designed for children. The front seats can easily accommodate people over six feet, but the two small back seats can only be comfortable for children.

Performance

Driving this car is pleasant, and it takes corners with ease and accelerates easily. The car has regenerative braking, meaning that shifting the automatic version into “B” converts its motor to a generator that can be used to charge its lithium battery. This means that the car will slow down quickly when you take the foot of the accelerator. The car has three driving modes: D range is used to make the car to use a little amount of energy when driving in the city. The S range raises its acceleration for faster driving. The B range is the one for regenerative braking.

The maximum output from its drivetrain is 47 kW, and the vehicle has a maximum torque of 120 lbs-ft. The S range enables this Toyota electric car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 13.4 seconds and from 30 to 50 mph in 7 seconds. This car has a top speed of 78 mph.

We noticed that the iQ EV performs better on the road than the Smart Electric but is not as powerful as the BMW ActiveE. Because acceleration with this vehicle starts immediately when you hit the accelerator, this vehicle is good for closing gaps in the traffic. The iQ EV is not the best vehicles for taking on an open road adventure

Exterior

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One of the very first things you'll notice about the IQ EV is its compactness. This car, which measures 3,051x1,680x1,500mm and has a wheelbase of 2,000mm, weighs just 1,896 lb. Toyota made efforts to make the iQ EV appear bold and aggressive. This car comes in Silver and Super red. The charging port lid of this car is located on the front bumper.

Unlike its gasoline sister, the Scion iQ, which has a front grille, the iQ EV instead has a trapezoidal charging port lid in that place. The rear of this Toyota electric vehicle also looks slightly different from that of the Scion IQ. The Toyota electric vehicle has big bumper and was built in hatchback form.

Interior

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This car looks bigger when viewed from inside than when viewed from outside. Toyota gave the iQ EV a black and white color scheme with metallic accents. The steering wheel is covered and has a white steering pad. The interior of the iQ EV has a high contrast theme. The dashboard is simple and is similar to that of many gasoline vehicles. The interior of this car is well built and, aside from its raised transmission tunnel and info display screen, you would hardly notice that it is an electric.

This car has a radio and an HDD navigation system. The car also has a 7-inch Video Graphic Array LCD. On this LCD where you can find information on the power consumption and energy levels of the car. The display splits the screen with the map, which shows information about estimates of the distance the vehicle can cover at the current battery level.


Toyota cleverly sculpted out the dashboard on the passenger's side. The allows the front passenger seat to be located forward and leaves space for an adult to fit it the rear passenger seat. There is another seat behind the driver, but this is not comfortable for more than a few minutes even for small children.

Safety

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Despite having only 3+1 seats, this Toyota electric car has 11 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags for the knee, side, seat, cushion, front and rear curtain, as well as the window curtain. In addition, this vehicle has a load path body that was made to reduce front collision impact in its body shell.


This Toyota electric car's battery frame has a cross-hatched construction that increases the rigidity of the cabin and can disperse energy in case of a collision. The iQ EV car has a standard Star Safety System. This system combines elements of the Vehicle the Anti-Locking Braking System, Stability Control (VSC), The Traction Control (TRAC),  Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and Brake Assist (BA).

Battery and Efficiency

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Like the Nissan Leaf, the iQ EV Toyota electric car has a lithium-ion battery that gives it power at 104 Wh/km. The location of this battery under the car helps to lower its center of gravity and leave space for small passenger seats in the interior. This battery back is lightweight, meaning it does not take up a lot of space. In the conditions for which the vehicle was designed in the city, with stop and go driving, this 150 cell, 12 kWh, 277.5 V  battery enables the vehicle to move for about 50 miles on a single charge.  


The Smart ForTwo with its range of 90 miles easily beats the iQ EV. The Toyota electric car takes about 3-4 hours to charge on a normal 240V wall socket. Charging at a fast charge facility will drastically cut this charging time, and it can charge it up to 80 percent in 15 minutes.


The car has a 78-inch wheelbase and 13.5-foot turning radius. This Toyota electric car is quite maneuverable even in the most congested streets. The iQ EV is one of the easiest vehicles to park even in tight spaces. This Toyota electric car, is by all accounts, a lightweight vehicle. It is obvious when driving it that lightweight materials were used.


The vehicle also has a number of energy-saving features including regenerative braking, heat pump air conditioning, and high-mounted LED stop light. Also, the front seats of the iQ EV are heated with the windshield defroster. Toyota has put a number of these iQ EVs in campus car sharing programs

Pros

  • Very maneuverable 
  • Great safety features
  • Cheap to maintain
  • Very responsive
  • Quiet vehicle
  • Regenerative braking saves power

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Low resale value
  • Rare spare parts because very few units were sold
  • Low range of just 50-80 miles make it out of the question for long road trips
  • Very compact size means can't be used by big families

Warranty

A new iQ EV comes with an 8-year/ 100,000 miles warranty for the battery. The powertrain has a 60-month/60,000 miles warranty. Toyota also gives a 60-month/unlimited miles rust-through coverage.

The Verdict

The Toyota iQ EV electric is one of the most agile compact electric vehicles on market. The car has become a favorite of many in campus ride-share programs. Designed for the demands of city live, this agile vehicle can easily be maneuvered and packed in tight spaces.

However, If you are regularly go for long open road excursions or offroad adventures, or you have a family of more than three people,  the iQ EV is probably not the right vehicle for you. While the RAV4 EV and FCHV are bigger and more powerful vehicles and can do well for bigger families, the efficiency, maneuverability, and compactness of the iQ EV makes it one of the best Toyota electric cars.

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