The Toyota iQ/Scion iQ EVis based on Toyota's three generations of FT-EV concept. Shown the Toyota FT-EV IIIconcept carat the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.The U.S. launch of the Scion iQ EVwas announced for 2012,and according to Toyota, for the initial roll-out the iQ EV would not be available to individual consumers, instead, the carmaker decided to focus on fleet customers and car sharingprograms.The iQ EV was scheduled to be produced at Toyota's Takaoka Plant in Toyota Citybeginning in August 2012 and the initial production was planned to be limited to 600units, with 400 staying in Japan, 100 units destined to the U.S., and the other 100 for Europe.In September 2012, Toyota announced that due to customers' concerns about range and charging time, the production of the Scion iQ (Toyota eQ in Japan) will be limited to about 100 units for special fleet use in Japan and the U.S. only. The iQ EV/eQ was scheduled to be released in both countries in December 2012.Toyota I-Road in GrenobleThe first 30 iQ EVs were delivered in the U.S. to the University of California, Irvinein March 2013 for use in its Zero Emission Vehicle-Network Enabled Transport (ZEV-NET) carsharingfleet. Since 2002, the ZEV-NET program has been serving the transport needs of the Irvinecommunity with all-electric vehicles for the critical last mileof commutes from the Irvine train station to the UC campus and local business offices.In addition, Toyota announced that is backing away from fully electric vehicles. The company's vice chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, said: "The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge." Toyota's emphasis would be re-focused on the hybrid concept, and 21 new hybrid gas-electric models scheduled to be on the market by 2015.