Toyota i-Road and COMS to Enter Electric Vehicle Sharing Scheme in France


Toyota i-Road Concept

Toyota i-Road Concept

The funky three-wheeled electric Toyota i-Road debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and now it’s gearing up to swing into action.

Electric Toyota COMS

Electric Toyota COMS

No, it won’t be put in the hands of the general public yet, but for some people in and around Grenoble, France, the i-Road will be used for transport.  Perhaps not in typical way though.

Ever hear of “last mile” mobility?  That’s a phrase Toyota wants the public to become familiar with, so there’s a schematic posted below to highlight what Toyota means.  Basically, public transport is used in urban areas for most transportation needs, but the “last mile” to your final destination is covered in either the electric Toyota i-Road or the battery-powered Toyota COMS.

Moving on.  Toyota will team up with the French city of Grenoble, as well public transport service Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, car-sharing firm Cité lib energy provider Électricité de France to test out its pair of electric urban vehicles for “last mile” transportation.

The project will kick off in 2014 and will last for 3 years.  70 electric vehicles will be utilized, though Toyota doesn’t break down that figure in terms of how many i-Roads versus COMs.

For Toyota, this project is aimed at exploring alternative forms of car sharing and to “better understand the interconnection between the different modes of public and individual transportation in an urban environment.” But, as Toyota notes on countless occasions in its press blast, the focus is on identifying the exact requirements of “last mile” mobility.

Schematic of Final Destination EV Sharing Project

Schematic of Final Destination EV Sharing Project



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Despite what the Great Statik says, it may come to pass that some urban megalopolis may realize that they can implement all EV zones with Twizzies, I-Roads and similar vehicles. In the US you could park at the beltway and Whizz to work electrically. At present battery capacity and cost, these vehicles may be the first practical application of EVs on a large scale. Not to speak of college campuses and places like the Villages.
Instead of HOV lanes, cities like Washington DC could implement Twizzy lanes on streets like Connecticut Avenue with 2 vehicles per lane, doubling potential throughput. I can see it now, park your SUV at a remote Park and Ride and take your Twizzy off the receiver rack and ZZZip to work.

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