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

toyota i Road electric personal mobility vehicle

toyota i-Road electric personal mobility vehicleimage 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 detailimage courtesy toyota

 

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 detailimage courtesy toyota

 

 

toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – side viewimage © designboom

 

 

toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – front 3/4 view image © designboom

 

 

toyota i-Road at 2013 geneva international motor show – rear 3/4 view image © designboom

 

 

i-Road demonstration at 2013 geneva international motor showvideo © designboom

 

the system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension memberimage courtesy toyota

 

 

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

 

 

side view image courtesy toyota

 

 

rear viewimage courtesy toyota

 

 

its all-electric power-train features a lithium-ion batteryimage 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 stylingimage courtesy toyota

 

 

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

  • Toyota has a great concept (Narrow, Enclosed, Tilting, Commuter); BUT its limited performance (30 mi. range, 28mph speed) severely limits its practicality and marketability in today’s society. While less than 30mph might be OK for a city center; getting there on 45-55mph roads would be impractical and dangerous. Most city dwellers live in apartments and high rises and would find parking, storing and recharging impractical. Might be good for a “Car Sharing” business. Now if Toyota could come up with an i-Road-2 with 100 mile range and a top speed of 65-75mph, then they would have the “Commuter of the Future” for suburbanites , and would sell hundreds of thousands; I know I’d buy one!

    FunRide007 says:
  • Seems that finally car producers are getting to understand the concept of speed in cities. Hope to see more of these slow urban vehicles in the future.

    Dan Leno says:
  • With a top speed of 28MPS, it should probably be called i-SIDEWALK

    Sukhinder Bindra says:
  • Incredibly beautiful design.

    designcoholic.com says:
  • Well designed. I like it…

    Fernand Hofer says:
  • Basically an enclosed electric scooter, I like it , but that seat is going to have to get bigger to fit fat Americans in their coats..!

    Kegs says:
  • forget the battery, put a 15 hp gasoline-engine in and a $7500 pricetag out.

    ssportster says:
  • main problem:no ac. doors are open from the botton.
    not suitable for hot wheather.
    neither at winter,
    good for shopping center,but no boot big enough.
    agree with kegs.
    best is diesel hybrid with compressed air motor.very cheap engine.australians and indians do it.japan on the gap…

    ajavrik says:
  • Toyota have not had a great concept here – Litt motors had a great concept and Toyota have engineered a way around using gyros to stabilise a 2 wheel machine. The three wheel leaning thing has been done before too Paggio have a scooter with twin front wheels.
    This thing looks like it was designed by the same person who designed the Toyota Wills – they took an ugly-stick and beat the heck out of a good idea (someone elses). Toyota have huge resources, so they may get to market quicker than Litt, but this thing is a joke by comparison!

    bibsbits says:
  • Nice, but amazingly similar to the Lit Motors C-1 design (aside from the number of wheels).

    patchpreset says:
  • Also looks oddly like a Piaggio MP3 with a body covering.

    MK says:
  • This is a future vechile and I am sure they will make it go faster and farther.

    KevinKeasling says:
  • I want one – how do i get one ?

    kel says:
  • It’s an electric Carver? So the only new thing is that it’s electrical, everything else is old news……

    Kadeddy says:

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