Video: Toyota Gives i-Road Report From The Tokyo Motor Show – Takes For A Spin

DEC 7 2013 BY JAY COLE 7

Few electric vehicles are as eye opening as the Toyota i-Road, and even fewer still look as much like a concept-only vehicle as the i-Road.

Toyota i-Road Does Some More Funky Leaning At The Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota i-Road Does Some More Funky Leaning At The Tokyo Motor Show

Yet Toyota announced their supermini city EV is going into limited production for public trials in Japan.

Since that announcement, Toyota has been keen to not only show off the i-Road whenever and wherever possible, but also to have it in motion.

Now the Japanese company files this report and interview with designer – Mr. Yanaka from the Tokyo Motor Show.  But past the talking bits of the clip, we just really like to watch the i-Road in motion.

Some random specs on the i-Road:

  • Driving range is 31 miles
  • Max speed is 28 mph
  • Curb weight is 661 pounds
  • Horsepower maxes out at 5.4

It should also be noted that although this video shows the concept 2-seat i-Road in action, the production vehicle will only be a one seater – we have a feeling it has something to do with all that leaning it does, and safety concerns with two people riding on public roads.

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7 Comments on "Video: Toyota Gives i-Road Report From The Tokyo Motor Show – Takes For A Spin"

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Anon

So… It’s an overpriced, range-limited NEV that would not be desirable to use after freezing rain locked up the wheels / suspension system with ice? Awesome.

Jesse Gurr

She seems to speak english really well until she pronounced all the letters in “debuted”.

Rick Danger

She seemed to lack sincerity somehow……

I’m pretty sure that was a robot.

Thomas J. Thias
Hmmmm….. Let us revisit a much repeated quote from Toyota’s Chairman Uchiyamada, that went viral, from the summer of 2012 that has been repeated here and everywhere since, both by Toyota and pundits worldwide. A quote that was used by many in attacks on the Electric Car Industry and can be found bouncing around cyberspace to this day- The internet NEVER forgets! ———————— “The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge.” What Toyota Chairman Uchiyamada really meant… The current capabilities of OUR electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge. The Toyota Prius Plug In- Max All Electric Range- 6 miles? Closer to 11 mile All Electric Range with blended gas use? Gasoline engine running under load? Seems to me that Toyota in house engineering is apparently unable to field a long range PEV and must out source the EV components to produce a compliance car, think RAV 4/ TESLA- So, bring on the… Read more »
Rick Danger

The i-Road is very maneuverable to steer around Toyota BS.

Jeff

another clown car
It will be so cool to park somewhere only to come out and find it moved 200 feet away.

Yep, just what I DON’T want to be in and meet a 2 ton truck.
How about a stray dog running across the street?

And it may be known my last words will be, “I got great mileage”….