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Toyota concept car (2013): summary

We in the electric Toyota trike, aims to overhaul how we travel cities in the future


has built a sci-fi vision of we’ll all be driving around our in future — and it’s the an electric trike with for two. MSN Cars had an exclusive on-board the concept car at the recent Motor Show 2013 and here’s our first ride It features in our video round-up of the and wonderful cars from the at the foot of the page, too.

is a compact, three-wheeled personal pod with space for two passengers its slimline roof. Think the lines of the BMW C1 scooter-with-a-canopy, but with an wheel for added security and the i-Road’s electrically powered, it ideal for these carbon-crunched It should be cheap to run and emissions-free.

i-Road: first impressions

Walk up to a Toyota i-Road and wonder if you’ve strayed the props department of a George movie. Its styling is futuristic and different to anything else out This is also a very car — at just 850mm it’s no broader than typical motorbike.

So it should be a to thread it through narrow in the traffic or drive along a Toyota reckons that you can fit i-Roads in a single parking meaning our crowded towns become a whole lot easier to in if we all drove around in one of

Climb onboard, and it feels narrow and the way it whizzes in and out of its compact garage leaves us in no doubt this car will be incredibly to park. It should be because minuscule: just 2,350mm and 1,445mm high.

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Being fully the i-Road enjoys that rapid, slingshot acceleration that an electric motor can give. Two 2kW are mounted in the front wheels and by a lithium-ion battery — deliver maximum torque the word go, giving instant when you need it. The i-Road has simple controls to operate, a conventional steering wheel than a handlebar like on a

We only did a few laps around stand at the Geneva Motor but even so, the acceleration was urgent as well as silent. If this car to go into production, it’d an artificial noise generator to you mowing down pedestrians have no idea that a mobility pod was creeping up on them. You can i-Road in action by watching our of the weird and wonderful cars the Geneva Motor Show


Toyota i-Road: and handling

Here’s the i-Road’s card: Toyota calls it Lean technology and it’s a which keeps the i-Road no matter how fast you’re in corners. The front wheels are up and down by a computer to make the lean into a corner a motorbike. Microchips calculate how lean is required, then a gyroscope and actuators are used to the bodywork, counteracting centrifugal of cornering. Sounds complicated; in it works seamlessly in the background and all you from the passenger seat is incredible angles of lean if you click through our gallery of above).

It feels remarkably stable and even as we perform figures of in front of a gaping crowd.

A spin-off benefit of Active tech is that you can mount without toppling the car on its side or your teeth out. simply swallowed up by the active And the i-Road stands upright you come to a standstill, unlike a

Note also the tiny circle of just 3m: it’ll around tight corners within its own body length. Eat heart out, black cab

Toyota i-Road: interior

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not beat about the bush: into a Toyota i-Road feel like you’re into the future, but it also a little bit like you’re onto a motorbike. Even can’t mess with the of physics and its bijou stature it’s small and cramped in There are only semi-skinned so you’ll be partly exposed to the

You sit in tandem, one behind the other, and of that windscreen and protective there’s no need to wear a The driver enjoys a great out, but space in the rear is to children or smaller adults, legs are splayed awkwardly the drive in front. It’s all cosy.

The way the bodywork wraps the rear of the i-Road means pretty claustrophobic in the rear, with a poor view


Toyota i-Road: and safety

Because this is a car, there are few detailed available of its energy consumption. But are zero tailpipe emissions, the only carbon gobbled up by the is whatever’s ingested by the power at the end of your electric plug Toyota quotes a range of 30 and claims that recharging a domestic power point just three hours.

You don’t need much because the i-Road is so light.

The Lean technology means the feels secure when along. And the extra bodywork, and doors make this far than a motorbike; Toyota a full gamut of safety such as airbags could be should this car ever production, alongside niceties as lighting, heating, hi-fi and communication tech.

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Never underestimate Toyota, one of the biggest car makers. It’s developing so-called personal vehicles for a decade and is actively on a variety of powerplants for use in vehicle types. So while and hydrogen fuel-cell cars are suited to longer distance out of town, electric cars are for around-town hops — and its ball gazers think personal mobility vehicles are we’ll use on the last bit of the journey.

We’ve seen enough urban micro concept that we’d wager only a matter of time it builds one for real. Yes, people have working and can walk in to the office, but not everyone or wants to. And for less mobile or those in a rush, this is a alternative to a scooter or motorbike.

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