TOYOTA I-ROAD HITS THE STREETS IN FIRST PUBLIC TRIALS

Toyota has launched the first public trials of its ultra-compact i-Road electric three-wheeled “personal mobility vehicle” to find out how it shapes up in the cut-and-thrust of real-world urban driving.

Consumer testing in Tokyo is set to run from today (24 March) through to early June, with 10 of the single-seater vehicles taking to the city streets. The 20 people involved in the programme range from industry experts through to members of the general public, so that Toyota can gain a wide range of feedback on what i-Road is like to drive, how easy it is to use around town, how it affects people’s decisions about what journeys to make and driver satisfaction.

The vehicles are based on the concept versions shown at last year’s Tokyo motor show, but with adjustments to improve visibility, ease of use and manoeuvrability. Its compact, slim shape and 300kg kerb weight make i-Road as nimble to handle in traffic as a scooter, but with car-like stability thanks to its two-at-the-front-one-at-the-rear wheel configuration and a clever, Toyota-engineered leaning attitude when cornering.

More research into i-Road’s potential as a valuable addition to community-based transport networks is under way in Toyota City, where it has recently been introduced into the experimental Ha:mo low carbon urban transport project. It is also coming to Europe this year with two-seater models set to take part in a vehicle sharing programme that will operate in the French city of Grenoble over the next four years.

A full gallery of i-Road images is available here.

Toyota i-Road technical specifications (Tokyo and Toyota City test model)

Overall length (mm)

2,345

Overall width (mm)

870

Overall height (mm)

1,455

Wheelbase (mm)

1,695

Kerb weight (kg)

300

Tyre size – front

80/90R16

Tyre size – rear

120/90R10

Min. turning radius (m)

3.0

Powertrain

2 electric motors

Max. speed (mph)

37

Cruising range on single charge (miles)

30 (at steady 18.6mph)

Battery type

Lithium-ion

Images

    Images are copyright free for editorial purposes only
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:3680px x 2456px
    Size:572 KB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:5184px x 3456px
    Size:9.35 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:4102px x 2643px
    Size:4.9 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:5184px x 3456px
    Size:9.76 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:5184px x 3456px
    Size:8.35 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:4000px x 2666px
    Size:5.9 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:5184px x 3456px
    Size:7.08 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:3200px x 2134px
    Size:4.06 MB
  • Toyota i-Road Hits The Streets In First Public Trials

    Dimensions:4200px x 2801px
    Size:5.41 MB