It's not the long awaited electric car from Toyota, but hopefully it will make the company's boss Akio Toyoda happy, who does not seem to be a BEV supporter.
The key point about the Toyota C+pod is that it's small, environmentally-friendly and basically an efficient transportation tool.
With a 9 kWh battery, it can go about 150 km (93 miles) around town, at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). The motor is only 9 kW peak.
According to the press release, in 2021 Toyota will sell C+pod to "corporate users, local governments and other organizations that have been exploring new options to drive the popularization of BEVs". The full-scale launch to individual customers is scheduled for 2022.
Prices of the C+pod are much lower than for a full-size car, especially electric, but considering the capabilities of the C+pod, we would not say it's affordable:
- Grade X: 1,650,000 Japanese yen ($15,940)
- Grade G: 1,716,000 Japanese yen ($16,580)
* Includes consumption tax. Does not include recycling fees.
The production of the Toyota C+pod will take place at the Toyota's Motomachi Plant plant in Japan.
Gallery: Toyota C+pod
Toyota C+pod specs:
- WLTC (Class 1) range: 150 km (93 miles)
(Class 1 test cycle - does not include highway driving)
- WLTC (Class 1) energy consumption of 54 Wh/km (86.9 Wh/mi)
- 9.06 kWh battery (51 Ah and 177.6 V)
- top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph)
- rear-wheel drive
- peak system output of 9.2 kW (2.6 kW continuous) and 56 Nm of torque
Permanent magnet electric motor
- AC charging (on-board): 5 hours at 200 V/16 A charging point
- Length x Width x Height (mm): 2,490 x 1,290 x 1,550
- Wheelbase (mm): 1,780
- curb weight: 670-690 kg
- Capacity (seats): 2