/2013 Geneva: Toyota i-Road Unveiled

2013 Geneva: Toyota i-Road Unveiled

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Toyota i-Road is the Japanese car maker’s top car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Well, it’s not really a car as such. The i-Road is basically an electric scooter with three wheels and an enclosed cabin. Toyota calls it the personal mobility vehicle (PMV).

The vehicle has two wheels at the front and one wheel at the back. The front wheels feature something called ‘Active Lean’ technology, which balances the vehicle when cornering or travelling over stepped surfaces by altering the suspension travel for each wheel. Based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information, a computer calculates the required degree of lean so you don’t have to worry about losing control or rolling the vehicle.

Measuring 2,350mm long and 1,445mm high, Toyota i-Road is powered by two 2kW motors mounted in the front wheels fed by a lithium-ion battery that provides 30 miles of zero-emission, near silent driving range. Recharging from a conventional power supply takes three hours.

As mentioned, the i-Road can be fitted with close cabin, which means you can use it without wearing a helmet or worrying about rain. What’s more, it can be equipped with lighting, heating, audio and Bluetooth.

The i-Road is a great solution for personal mobility. It is not yet ready for production, but someday it will be. Toyota began this whole PMV thing with the I-Real chair and now they are getting closer to a roadworthy vehicle. The next i-series concept could be the real deal.

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