Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Toyota confirms i-Road electric trike for production

The wacky, three-wheeled Toyota i-Road we saw in Geneva earlier this year will be heading to production. But before you run down to your local Toyota dealer looking for one of these all-electric "personal mobility" vehicles, chances are, you'll never actually see one unless you visit Japan.
Announced at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) expo last week, Toyota said that the i-Road would be used as a part of the Ha:Mo car-sharing system in Japan. Weighing in at around 661 pounds, with a 28-mile-per-hour top speed and a two-passenger seating arrangement, the i-Road seems more like a fully enclosed scooter than a car, but it does offer a 30-mile driving range and has a nifty articulating front suspension that leans into corners. As for Ha:Mo, Toyota says that the number of cars in the program will increase from 10 prior to October 1 to 100 by the middle of this month, and the number of stations will almost double from 13 up to 21. Toyota has more details about the car and Ha:Mo in the press release posted below.
Length2,350 mm
Width850 mm
Height1,445 mm
Wheel base1,700 mm
Vehicle weight
(without occupants or cargo)
300 kg
Tire sizeFront: 80/80R16
Rear: 130/70R10
CapacityTwo
Minimum turning radius3.0 m
PowertrainElectric motors (2kw × 2)
Maximum speed45 km/h*1
Cruising range on a single
charge
50 km*2
BatteryLithium-ion batter