Toyota i-Road electric pod review (2013 onwards) — MSN Cars UK

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Toyota i-Road electric pod (2013 onwards)

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Toyota concept car (2013): summary

We in the electric Toyota trike, aims to overhaul how we travel cities in the future


has built a sci-fi vision of we’ll all be driving around our in future — and it’s the an electric trike with for two. MSN Cars had an exclusive on-board the concept car at the recent Motor Show 2013 and here’s our first ride It features in our video round-up of the and wonderful cars from the at the foot of the page, too.

is a compact, three-wheeled personal pod with space for two passengers its slimline roof. Think the lines of the BMW C1 scooter-with-a-canopy, but with an wheel for added security and the i-Road’s electrically powered, it ideal for these carbon-crunched It should be cheap to run and emissions-free.

i-Road: first impressions

Walk up to a Toyota i-Road and wonder if you’ve strayed the props department of a George movie. Its styling is futuristic and different to anything else out This is also a very car — at just 850mm it’s no broader than typical motorbike. So it should be a to thread it through narrow in the traffic or drive along a Toyota reckons that you can fit i-Roads in a single parking meaning our crowded towns become a whole lot easier to in if we all drove around in one of

Climb onboard, and it feels narrow and the way it whizzes in and out of its compact garage leaves us in no doubt this car will be incredibly to park. It should be because minuscule: just 2,350mm and 1,445mm high.

Toyota performance

Being fully the i-Road enjoys that rapid, slingshot acceleration that an electric motor can give. Two 2kW are mounted in the front wheels and by a lithium-ion battery — deliver maximum torque the word go, giving instant when you need it. The i-Road has simple controls to operate, a conventional steering wheel than a handlebar like on a

We only did a few laps around stand at the Geneva Motor but even so, the acceleration was urgent as well as silent. If this car to go into production, it’d an artificial noise generator to you mowing down pedestrians have no idea that a mobility pod was creeping up on them. You can i-Road in action by watching our of the weird and wonderful cars the Geneva Motor Show


Toyota i-Road: and handling

Here’s the i-Road’s card: Toyota calls it Lean technology and it’s a which keeps the i-Road no matter how fast you’re in corners. The front wheels are up and down by a computer to make the lean into a corner a motorbike. Microchips calculate how lean is required, then a gyroscope and actuators are used to the bodywork, counteracting centrifugal of cornering. Sounds complicated; in it works seamlessly in the background and all you from the passenger seat is incredible angles of lean if you click through our gallery of above). It feels remarkably and planted, even as we perform of eight in front of a gaping

A handy spin-off benefit of Lean tech is that you can kerbs without toppling the car on its or rattling your teeth They’re simply swallowed up by the suspension. And the i-Road stands when you come to a standstill, a two-wheeler. Note also the turning circle of just 3m: spin around tight nearly within its own body Eat your heart out, cab drivers.

Toyota Pod

Toyota i-Road:

Let’s not beat about the climbing into a Toyota might feel like stepping into the future, but it feels a little bit like scrambling onto a motorbike. Toyota can’t mess the laws of physics and its bijou means it’s small and in here. There are only doors, so you’ll be partly to the elements.

You sit in tandem, one behind the and because of that windscreen and roof there’s no need to a helmet. The driver enjoys a view out, but space in the is limited to children or smaller whose legs are splayed around the drive in front. all very cosy. The way the bodywork around the rear of the i-Road it’s pretty claustrophobic in the too, with a poor out.


Toyota economy and safety

Because is a concept car, there are few breakdowns available of its energy But there are zero tailpipe since the only carbon up by the i-Road is whatever’s ingested by the station at the end of your electric supply. Toyota quotes a of 30 miles and claims that from a domestic power takes just three You don’t need much because the i-Road is so light.

The Active Lean technology the i-Road feels secure driving along. And the extra roof and doors make far safer than a motorbike; claims a full gamut of equipment such as airbags be fitted should this car reach production, alongside such as lighting, heating, and Bluetooth communication tech.

The MSN verdict

Never underestimate one of the world’s biggest car makers. been developing so-called mobility vehicles for a decade and is working on a variety of powerplants for different vehicle types. So hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell are best suited to longer trips out of town, electric are best for around-town hops and its crystal ball gazers these personal mobility are what we’ll use on the last bit of the

We’ve seen enough urban micro concept that we’d wager only a matter of time it builds one for real. Yes, people have working and can walk in to the office, but not everyone or wants to. And for less mobile or those in a rush, this is a alternative to a scooter or motorbike.

Toyota Pod
Toyota Pod
Toyota Pod


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