Toyota unveiled today the i-Road, a personal mobility concept what will make its official debut this week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is a three-wheeler with motorcycle-like maneuverability and was designed for short-distance urban travel. The i-Road Concept has a length of 850 millimeters and outstanding maneuverability.
As a result it can be driven smoothly along roadsides, leaving road lanes open for other traffic. Moreover, the new Toyota i-Road Concept has a newly developed active lean system optimally and automatically controls vehicle body angle.
Despite its dimensions, the concept is equipped with a roof and doors so that the cabin is shielded from the weather to ensure comfort and from road noise to allow occupants to enjoy music. The concept has a curb weight of just 300 kg (661 lbs) and rides on 80/80 R16 and 130/170 R10 (front/rear) tires.
I-Road is powered by 2 kW electric motors installed in the front wheels, which draw their power from a lithium-ion battery. According to the official press release, the Toyota i-Road Concept has a maximum range of 31 miles or 50 km, while the top speed is limited to 28 mph or 45 km/h.
“The Toyota i-Road is an ultra-compact, tandem two-seater electric vehicle developed under the theme of compact and refreshing mobility. While offering an enjoyable and novel riding experience with the same level of convenience as a motorcycle, the Toyota i-Road represents a way of overcoming various obstacles, such as congested city roads, lack of parking, and other commuting issues, in the path of the development of low-carbon and sustainable urban areas.” said the press release.