Based on a Scion iQ platform and presented for the first time in Tokyo, the new Toyota FT-EV III Concept previews a vehicle we can expect to see go on sale sometime in 2012. Beneath its unique styling tweaks, high-profile eco-graphics and fashionable blue wheels mounting low-rolling-resistance tires, the third and most highly developed version of this diminutive eco-hatch houses an electric motor powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery pack.

Toyota admits that the volume-build version of this front-drive car -- which will likely be sold in the U.S. as the Scion iQ EV -- is intended to serve as a relatively short-distance cruiser. It estimates that the per-charge range of the FT-EV III Concept is roughly 65 miles, which should be sufficient to handle the real-world daily regimen of most commuters. No word at this time regarding the car's performance figures or on how long it will take to replenish the battery.

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