toyota i Road electric personal mobility vehicle
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mar 11, 2013
toyota i Road electric personal mobility vehicle


toyota i-Road electric personal mobility vehicle
image courtesy toyota

 

 

making its world debut at the 2013 geneva motor show, toyota has introduced the i-ROAD  – an electric personal mobility vehicle.
offering greater flexibility in an urban environment, the i-ROAD provides seating in tandem for two users in a pod-like enclosed
environment. its all-electric power-train features a lithium-ion battery – which provides power to a pair of 2 kW electric motors
mounted within the front wheels. the EV provides unique, ‘active lean’ technology for a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free
driving experience for over a range of up to 50 km on a single charge.

 

 

toyota i-Road PMV rear 3/4 – active lean detail
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the system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the
right and left front wheels. An ECU calculates the required lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information.
the ‘active lean’ automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the
centrifugal force of cornering. measuring 2,350 mm long and 850 mm wide, the compact three-wheeled PMV’s dimension also
makes it possible to park four units in a single car parking bay and allows it to manoeuvre freely through congested traffic.

 

 

active lean detail
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toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – side view
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toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – front 3/4 view
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toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – rear 3/4 view
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i-Road demonstration at 2013 geneva international motor show
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the system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension member
image courtesy toyota

 

 

850 mm width dimension makes it possible to park four units in a single car parking bay
image courtesy toyota

 

 

side view
image courtesy toyota

 

 

rear view
image courtesy toyota

 

 

its all-electric power-train features a lithium-ion battery
image courtesy toyota

 

 

offering greater flexibility in an urban environment, the i-ROAD provides seating in tandem for two users
image courtesy toyota

 

 

interior cockpit detail and styling
image courtesy toyota

 

 

the ‘active lean’ technology provides a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free driving experience
image courtesy toyota

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