Toyota has expanded its electric vehicle lineup with the introduction of the Proace Verso Electric.
Joining the Proace Electric medium-duty van, the people carrier will go on sale this month in Europe, with deliveries expected from March 2021 – in three body lengths and four model grades, dubbed the Combi, Shuttle, Family and VIP, accommodating between 5 and 9 people onboard.
Positioned beneath the floor, the 50 kWh battery pack gives it a range of up to 230 km (143 miles) on a full charge, in the WLTP cycle, while the 75 kWh option lets you drive for up to 330 km (205 miles). Both battery variants power the 136-horsepower and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) motor, which allows for an electronically limited maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).
All versions of the MPV are equipped with a standard 7.4 kWh charger, which can be upgraded to an 11 kWh charger at a premium. The 50 kWh battery can be recharged in around 30 minutes at a 100 kW charging station while the 75 kWh unit takes approximately 45 minutes.
Depending on the spec, the load volumes vary between 280, 640 and 1,060 liters (9.9/22.6/37.4 cu-ft) with all seats in place. The towing capacity with a braked trailer is 1 ton (2,205 lbs), with a 50 percent payload.
Things such as the heated seats, infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, digital radio, smartphone integration, keyless entry, electric parking brake, auto-folding mirrors and others are standard, while the sat-nav and automatic air-con are optional.
Drivers will have to use a switch in order to choose between the different powertrain modes and an E-toggle control to select between Drive, Reverse, Neutral, Park and Regenerative Braking. Meanwhile, the instrument display shows the speed, instantaneous power usage, battery charge and the performance of the A/C.
The latest Toyota Safety Sense suite of assistance gear is included, with features such as Lane Departure Alert, Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beam and full-range Cruise Control. The Blind Spot Monitor, 180-degree reversing camera, and front and rear parking sensors are offered on higher grades.