So this is the EV that makes Akio Toyoda happy? A pod?

Toyota announced the launch of an electric car in Japan: the Toyota C+pod! Well, actually it's not a car. It's an ultra-compact electric vehicle for two.

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.

Toyota C+pod
Toyota C+pod

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
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