Toyota i-ROAD starts public trials in Tokyo

Toyota i-Road concept was first shown to the public last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

The futuristic electric three-wheeled “personal mobility vehicle” has now started first public trials in Tokyo, to find out how it drives and can be used in real-world urban driving.

10 prototype’s will be tested by 20 people from today through to early June.

The prototype is very similar to the concept, but features improved visibility, ease of use and manoeuvrability.

Weighing 300kg, the i-Road is as nimble to handle in traffic as a scooter, but with car-like stability thanks to its three wheel setup (two at the front and one at the rear). Also the i-Road features Toyota-engineered leaning attitude when cornering.

Powered by 2 electric motors, the i-Road has a top speed of 37mph and the cruising range on a single charge is up to 30 miles.

Later this year the i-Road will also come to Europe, taking part in a vehicle sharing programme that will operate in the French city of Grenoble over the next four years.


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