The 2013 Scion iQ EV battery-electric 4-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments has arrived in the U.S. after production began in Japan last month. The iQ EV has high-output lithium-ion battery which, in ideal stop and go driving conditions, allows the 12 kWh battery to provide an estimated range of up to 50 miles on a full charge. To fully recharge takes approximately 3 hours at 240V. Maximum output from the drivetrain is 47 kW (63 hp) with a maximum torque of 120 lbs.-ft. In S range the iQ EV accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 13.4 seconds, and from 30 to 50 mph in 7 seconds. Its top speed is 78 mph.
Its short 78-inch wheel base is 4.5 inches longer than the smart fourtwo, presumably to make room for the back seat, but will be still highly maneuverable in congested urban areas and ideal for tight parking spots. Approximately 90 iQ EVs will be available for fleet and car-sharing applications while the competitor, albeit a 2-seater, 2014 smart fourtwo electric drive (ED) arrives in the Spring, also in limited supply.