Toyota i-road concept electric PMV showcased at Geneva Motor Show

March 6th, 2013 by Toyota

Toyota i-Road concept vehicle is on display at the Geneva (click image to expand - image courtesy of Toyota)

The lithium battery powered Toyota i-Road has its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

The Toyota i-road Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) –a new form of transportation offering greater flexibility in the urban environment- made its World Premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The compact Toyota i-road electric vehicle (EV) provides an enclosed environment for two occupants seated in tandem.

The vehicle features unique ‘Active Lean’ technology, which provides an intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free drive up to a range of about 50 kilometres on a single charge.

Toyota, committed to reducing energy consumption and the environmental burden of transportation, has been researching and implementing environmentally-friendly mobility solutions for over 40 years in the quest for the ultimate range of energy efficient cars.

Through the adaption of its Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology for use in hybrid vehicles (HV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV), Toyota is paving the way for several types of eco car to coexist in the future.

Toyota i-road concept vehicle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Toyota i-road electric concept personal mobility vehicle (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

Toyota believes in the feasibility of EVs as a primary mode of urban transportation for shorter distances, while HVs, PHEVs and FCVs are ideal for mainstream use over mid to long distances.

Toyota has more than ten years experience in the research and development of Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMVs).

PMV users require a vehicle that is more comfortable, more weatherproof and safer than a two-wheeler, yet still offers the benefits of low running costs, and the compact dimensions (most notably width) to facilitate the easy parking and urban manoeuvrability associated with two-wheelers such as scooters and motorcycles.

Toyota i-road Personal mobility vehicle on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (click image to expand - image courtesy of Toyota)

Toyota i-road Personal mobility vehicle on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

The compact three-wheel Toyota i-Road has a width of only 85 cm, a length of 235 cm, a height of 144.5 cm, and a wheelbase of 170 cm.

These small dimensions allow the Toyota i-road to manoeuvre freely through even the most congested traffic, and it makes it possible to park four of the new Toyota PMVs in a single car parking bay.

The Toyota i-road’s zero-emission, all-electric powertrain features a lithium-ion battery providing power to a pair of 2 kW electric motors mounted within the front wheels, which gives it brisk acceleration, and near-silent running.

The PMV can be fully recharged from a conventional household power outlet in just three hours.

Key to the higher levels of stability, safety, comfort and enjoyment associated with the Toyota i-road driving experience is Toyota’s new, intuitive ‘Active Lean’ technology.

Toyota i-road concept electric personal mobility vehicle (click image to expand - image courtesy of Toyota)

Toyota i-road concept electric personal mobility vehicle (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

The system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the right and left front wheels.

An ECU calculates the required lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information.

The system automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the centrifugal force of cornering.

Offering a minimum turning circle of just 3.0 metres, the system also operates when the Toyota PMV is being driven straight ahead on a stepped surface, the lean actuator automatically compensating for changes in the road surface to keep the body level.

Requiring no specialised driving skills to operate, the Active Lean system offers a unique driving experience with all the enjoyment of two-wheeler riding and without the need for the driver to stabilise the vehicle during slow speed manoeuvres or when stationary.

The Toyota i-road concept personal mobility vehicle can be charged (click image to expand - image courtesy of Toyota)

The Toyota i-road concept personal mobility vehicle can be fully recharged from a conventional household power outlet in just three hours (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

Because the Active Lean system obviates the need for the driver to lower their feet to the road surface, the Toyota i-road may be equipped with a safer, weatherproof, closed-body construction.

This means that the new Toyota PMV may be driven without a helmet, and also allows for a more car-like on-board environment with the potential to benefit from such features as lighting, heating, an audio system, and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.

Toyota envisages the Toyota i-road’s all-electric individual mobility concept playing a significant role in the reduction of both congestion and air pollution.

The Toyota i-road concept personal mobility vehicle made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (click image to expand - image courtesy of Toyota)

The Toyota i-road concept personal mobility vehicle made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (click image to expand – image courtesy of Toyota)

Its compact dimensions, manoeuvrability, easy parking, rapid charging, and availability in either open or enclosed cabin format make the new Toyota PMV an ideal urban transportation solution designed to reduce both inner city congestion and CO2, NOx and particulate emissions without compromising individual freedom of mobility.

 

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