Toyota iRoad is no less strange in the flesh

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Toyota i-Road is no less in the flesh

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 EST

We’ve seen plenty of creations in our day, but none like the Toyota i-Road The personal mobility vehicle seating for two with driver and positioned in a tandem position. that may sound more a motorcycle than a car, the cockpit means riders need a helmet. The design takes a page from the Peugeot HyMotion3 Concept an articulating front suspension allows the driver to lean corners thanks to Active self-balancing technology.

Unlike the Pug, however, the i-Road is a electric plug-in vehicle.

there are just five-horsepower on from an electric motor, the should serve up a range of 30 miles thanks to its lithium-ion and Toyota claims the cells can be off in three hours with a domestic power supply. majestic. Take in the full release below.

2013 Geneva Motor TOYOTA i-ROAD

• Premiere of the TOYOTA i-ROAD, a new of transportation

• Compact, three-wheel Personal Mobility with comfortable, enclosed cabin

• New ‘Active technology for automatic leaning cornering

• 850 mm width no than conventional two-wheeler, for manoeuvrability

• Zero-emission, EV powertrain with 50 km range

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The TOYOTA Personal Mobility Vehicle a new form of transportation offering flexibility in the urban environment- its World Premiere at the 2013 Motor Show.

Offering a enclosed environment for two occupants in tandem, the compact TOYOTA Electric Vehicle (EV) unique, ‘Active Lean’ to provide a safe, intuitive and helmet-free driving experience a range of up to 50 km* on a single charge.

Committed to reducing energy and the environmental burden attached to Toyota has been researching and environmentally-friendly mobility solutions for 40 years in the quest for the ultimate of eco cars, designed to suit user profile.

Through the of its Hybrid Synergy Drive® for use in Hybrid Vehicles (HV), Hybrid Electric Vehicles Electric Vehicles (EV) and Cell Vehicles (FCV), is paving the way for several types of eco car to in the future.

Whilst HVs, and FCVs are ideal for mainstream use mid to long distances, Toyota in the feasibility of EVs as a primary mode of transportation for shorter distances. has more than 10 years in the research and development of PMVs.

PMV require a vehicle that is comfortable, more weatherproof and than a two-wheeler, yet still the benefits of low running costs, and the dimensions (most notably to facilitate the easy parking and manoeuvrability associated with such as scooters and motorcycles.

2,350 mm long, 1,445 mm and with a wheelbase of 1,700 mm, the three-wheeled TOYOTA i-ROAD’s key is a width of only 850 mm, about the as that of a conventional two-wheeler. not only equips the TOYOTA with the latter’s ability to freely through even the congested traffic, but also it possible to park four of the new PMVs in a single car parking

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The TOYOTA i-ROAD’s zero-emission, powertrain features a lithium-ion providing power to a pair of 2 kW motors mounted within the wheels. Combining brisk with near-silent running, the new PMV has a range of some 50 km[1], which it may be fully recharged a conventional household power in just three hours.

Key to the higher levels of stability, comfort and enjoyment associated the TOYOTA i-ROAD driving is Toyota’s new, entirely ‘Active Lean’ technology.

The features a lean actuator and gearing mounted above the suspension member, linked via a to the right and left front An ECU calculates the required lean on steering angle, gyro-sensor and speed information. And the system moves the wheels up and down in directions, applying lean to counteract the centrifugal force of

Offering a minimum turning of just 3.0 metres, the system operates when the Toyota PMV is driven straight ahead on a surface, the lean actuator compensating for changes in the road to keep the body level.

no specialised driving skills to the Active Lean system a unique driving experience all the enjoyment of two-wheeler riding and the need for the driver to stabilise the himself during slow manoeuvres, or when stationary.

Because the Active Lean obviates the need for the driver to his feet to the road surface at any the TOYOTA i-ROAD may be equipped a safer, weatherproof, closed construction.

This not only that the new Toyota PMV may be driven a helmet, but also allows for a car-like on-board environment the potential to benefit from features as lighting, heating, an system and Bluetooth mobile connectivity.

Toyota envisages the i-ROAD’s all-electric individual concept playing a significant in the reduction of both congestion and air within the urban environment.


commuters using either transport or conventional private to travel to urban perimeter hubs, they then to the TOYOTA i-ROAD to complete journeys and move within the centre.

Its compact dimensions, manoeuvrability, parking, rapid charging and in either open or enclosed format make the new Toyota PMV an urban transportation solution to reduce both inner congestion and CO2, NOx and particulate without compromising individual of mobility.

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