Electric Toyota i-Road Debuts in Geneva (Video)

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

Toyota i-Road Teaser

Previously Released Toyota i-Road Teaser

Official specs and images of the urban commuter concept, the Toyota i-Road, are finally here.  So, let’s dive right in.

Toyota i-Road Leans Through Turns

Toyota i-Road Leans Through Turns

1) The i-Road is a concept, not a production vehicle.

2) It seats two – a driver and passenger in tandem

3) i-Road has three wheels – two up front and one out back.

4) There’s a single cyclops-like headlight.

5) Driving range is 31 miles

6) Max speed is 28 mph

7) Curb weight is 661 pounds

8) Horsepower maxes out at 5.4

If ever built, the i-Road would likely be used in a for-hire car-sharing program or sold only in densely populated urban areas.

The i-Road Tilts Its Way Through Turns

The i-Road Teaser Even Tilts Its Way Through Turns

You notice that crazy lean in the images and video?  Toyota describes that functionality like this:

“A newly developed active lean system optimally and automatically controls vehicle body angle, ensuring stable ride and providing an unprecedented feeling of oneness with the vehicle significantly different from driving a car or motorcycle.”

Will the Toyota i-Road concept ever see production?  The logical answer is no, and that i-Road is just a funky, impractical concept rolled out quite often by Japanese automakers.  But the world is a strange, unpredictable place, so let’s not write off the i-Road quite yet.

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6 responses to "Electric Toyota i-Road Debuts in Geneva (Video)"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how big of a battery they need for 31 miles. Some of the electric motorcycles can go 100 miles on a charge now with the optional battery.

    1. Warren says:

      My electric assist bicycle goes 28 mph. This thing is a NEV, and would get run over in any American town

  2. Gene says:

    Unlike a motorcycle, it appears that there is no possibility to steer through yaw of the wheels (roll only). Not obvious to me that the roll won’t feel like too much (uncomfortably far) when taking a turn very slowly (as opposed to conventional cars, which don’t lean into turns at all, which is uncomfortable for fast turns). The video shows one turning into a tight parking spot rather quickly, when in reality this would be taken much more slowly. Have they figured out how to make this feel ok at all speeds?

    1. Gene says:

      OK, I’m wrong…it looks like the rear wheel does yaw for turning. Nevermind.

  3. Warren says:

    Nothing can be learned from this computer animation.
    There are lots of real tilting vehicles here.

    http://tiltingvehicles.blogspot.com/2010/07/tva-phillip-james.html

    There will be no revolutionary vehicle coming from any OEM. Even the current crop of EV’s are nothing but nicely done conversions of completely conventional cars…manual typewriters to electric typewriters. We are still waiting for the computer. 🙂

    1. Glenn says:

      Warren, Look again. This is not a computer animation.