The fully-electric Toyota eQ has been spotted at TKM's Bidadi plant in Karnataka. Launch is still unlikely in India.
The Toyota eQ has been spotted in India for the very first time. While the picture is meant to focus on the Toyota Mirai, the Toyota eQ EV can also be seen parked alongside it. This picture was taken at TKM’s Bidadi facility based out in Karnataka and shows the ars parked along a row of official Toyota vehicles.
The Toyota eQ has been spotted alongside the Toyota Mirai at the company's Bidadi plant in Karnataka.
In actuality, Toyota will be launching the eQ in India. Though the Japanese EV was spotted at the Bidadi facility in Karnataka, it is quite an old model and based on a platform that has not been localized in India. To further clarify matters, Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s Vice Chairman, Mr Shekar Viswanathan has revealed that,
“We already have an EV, which is called eQ and we are using it internally in our factory. But we are not yet ready to launch it in the market.”
Talking about the status of electrification in India, Viswanathan says that the charging infrastructure in India is still insufficient so bringing in an EV is not a good idea in current time.
The Toyota Mirai is the only fuel-cell vehicle offered by Toyota until now.
Developed back in September 2012, The eQ is essentially a fully-electric vehicle developed on the outgoing Toyota iQ and is targeted for local government useage as well as some select customers in Japan and the US. It gets a Panasonic-sourced 12kWh lithium-ion battery powering an electric motor which develops equivalent to 64 PS of max power and 163 Nm of torque. The electric car can reach a peak speed of 125 kmph and claims a range of 100 km on a single charge.
In India, Toyota has just launched the updated version of the Yaris in a bid to add more to the festive fervour. On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner TRD edition has also just been launched at a price of Rs 33.85 lakh (ex-showroom). As the Japanese company witnessed a sales drop of 18.45 per cent in India, it is looking to see a revival in customers’ demand during the Navratri and Diwali season.