What's the Toyota eQ doing at a TKM plant in India?

15/10/2019 - 16:02 | ,  ,   | Prashant Singh

IAB has stumbled across a picture showing the Toyota eQ in India for the first time. The picture is actually of the Toyota Mirai but shows the Toyota eQ parked beside it in the background. It was captured at Toyota Kirloskar Motor's Bidadi facility in Karnataka.

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Toyota eQ can be seen parked alongside Toyota Mirai FCV.

First things first, no, Toyota Kirloskar Motor isn't looking at launching the Toyota eQ. That's a quite old product and comes off a platform that hasn't been localised here. There multiple other reasons to speculate why we don't think it won't be launched in India, but we don't need to. The company's Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Shekar Viswanathan, has already disclosed why it's here.

Earlier this year, in interview with Deccan Herald, Viswanathan was asked when TKM plans to launch an EV. Below is what he said in response:

We already have an EV, which is called eQ and we are using it internally in our factory (at Bidadi near Bengaluru). But we are not yet ready to launch it in the market.

Reasoning the above statement, Viswanathan said that TKM's study tells there's a lack of proper charging infrastructure and if it launches an EV right now, consumers will blame it for ignoring this issue.

They (consumers) will say, who asked you (Toyota) to sell this vehicle?

For the uninitiated, the Toyota eQ is a pure electric car based on the Toyota iQ and was introduced in September 2012 with a plan to offer it to local governments and selected users in Japan and the USA on a limited basis. It features a Panasonic-made 12 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 64 PS (47 kW) and 163 Nm (120 lb-ft) of torque. This motor allows the EV to hit a top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph). The driving range as per the JC08 test cycle is 100 km.

Toyota Mirai front three quarters at Auto China 2016
The Mirai is the only FCV offered by Toyota today.

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The Toyota eQ - Main Specifications

Vehicle Length/width/height 3,115/1,680/1,535 mm
Wheelbase 2,000 mm
Track (front/rear) 1,475/1,460 mm
Minimum turning radius 4.1 m
Seating capacity 4
Driveline Front-wheel drive
Curb weight 1,080 kg
Tire size 175/65R15
Performance AC electric power consumption rate
(JC08 test cycle)
104 Wh/km
Driving range on a single charge
(JC08 test cycle)
100 km
Maximum speed 125 km/h
Motor Type Permanent magnet electric motor
Maximum output 47 kW
Maximum torque 163 N-m
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Total voltage 277.5 V
Capacity 12 kWh
Charging time Normal charge
(AC 200 V)
Approx. 3 h
Normal charge
(AC 100 V)
Approx. 8 h
DC quick charge 80%: Approx. 15 min
Production Takaoka Plant, Toyota City
Vehicle base price JPY 36,00,000 (including consumption tax)

Earlier this year, the Toyota eQ spawned a more advanced, 300 km+ Chinese EV - the Singulato iC3. Currently, this EV is a concept, but it is likely to be turned into a production model just for China.

[Image Source: Manoramaonline]

[News Source: Deccan Herald]

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