Toyota i-Road Shows Off Balancing Act

2013 Geneva Auto Show


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    Toyota i-Road Picture

    Toyota i-Road. | March 04, 2013

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2013 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The electric Toyota i-Road concept, which may be the missing link between a motorcycle and a car, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
  • Toyota's new Active Lean technology keeps the car from tipping over when cornering.
  • The Toyota i-Road is not quite 3 feet wide, which makes it easy to park in crowded cities.

GENEVA — The electric Toyota i-Road concept, which may be the missing link between a motorcycle and a car, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

The Toyota i-Road is a three-wheeled vehicle with an enclosed cabin that seats two people in tandem.

"As the driver doesn't have to put his or her feet on the road surface at any time, the i-Road can be fitted with a safer, weatherproof closed body and so can be driven without wearing a helmet," said Toyota in a statement. "This design allows for a more car-like environment on board, with the potential for features such as lighting, heating, audio and Bluetooth to be provided."

The Toyota i-Road is not quite 3 feet wide, which makes it easy to park in crowded cities.

The i-Road is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and two 3-horsepower motors mounted in the front wheels. It has a range of up to 30 miles on a single charge.

Toyota notes that "no special skills are needed to pilot the i-Road." Toyota's new Active Lean technology keeps the car from tipping over when cornering. The system automatically counteracts the centrifugal force of cornering.

No word yet on pricing or production plans for the i-Road.

Edmunds says: Toyota is on the right track with the intriguing i-Road, which looks to be a perfect choice for consumers in emerging markets.

Comments

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    It an enclosed Can Am Spyder

  • funride007 funride007 Posts:

    Toyota has a great concept (Narrow, Enclosed, Tilting, Commuter); BUT its limited performance (30 mi. range, 28mph speed) severely limits its practicality and marketability in today's society. While less than 30mph might be OK for a city center; getting there on 45-55mph roads would be impractical and dangerous. Most city dwellers live in apartments and high rises and would find parking, storing and recharging impractical. Might be good for a “Car Sharing” business. Now if Toyota could come up with an i-Road-2 with 100 mile range and a top speed of 65-75mph, then they would have the “Commuter of the Future” for suburbanites , and would sell hundreds of thousands; I know I'd buy one!

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