The Automotive News is reporting that Toyota plans to offer their new battery electric vehicle in the United States in 2012, similar in size to the FT-EV currently on display at the auto show in Detroit. The FT-EV, pictured above, is an electric vehicle based on the fossil-fuel powered iQ Toyota sells now in Europe and Japan.

According to Bill Reinert, national alternative-fuel vehicle manager for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Toyota is hoping that the small urban run-about will have a range of 50 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion batteries, and will take between two to six hours to charge, depending on whether 110-volt or 220-volt outlet is used. Whether the vehicle will be sold or leased nationally or regionally has not yet been determined, and neither have projected import volume or price points.

Source: Automotive News, photo courtesy of Toyota