The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard and cloven hooves. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.1
The Scion iQ EV is a battery electric 4-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments. The iQ EV features Toyota’s newly developed high-output lithium-ion battery which delivers a world-class electric power consumption rate of 104 Wh/km in an ultracompact and lightweight package. In ideal stop and go driving conditions, the 12 kWh battery provides an estimated range of up to 50 miles on a full charge. The vehicle can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours at 240V.
Approximately 90 vehicles will be deployed to car-sharing programs beginning Q1 2013. Might the recent sighting of an iQ EV this week at Portland’s Electric Avenue be a harbinger of things to come? Stay tuned and keep your eye out for future unicorn (and iQ) sitings!
1Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn
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