Part car, part motorcycle, the Toyota i-Road sets out to provide a fun, cool, and zero-emission take on the concept of car sharing.
The i-Road uses a pair of wheels at the front – powered by 2kW electric motors – that move up and down independently, plus a third wheel at the rear that takes care of steering.
Taking its inspiration from a cross-country skier, the i-Road leans into corners automatically in response to the driver’s inputs, while the rear-wheel steering makes it incredibly agile, particularly in tight spaces. In fact, the i-Road boasts a turning circle of just three metres.
At only 870mm wide, the i-Road takes up far less road space than a conventional car, and when parked needs only half or a third of the space of a normal car.
This compactness and agility makes the i-Road perfect for use in city environments, and Toyota have teamed up with the city of Grenoble – whose slogan is “where we imagine the city of tomorrow” – to offer a number of i-Road units as part of a car-sharing trial that’s set to run for at least three years.
The Cité lib by Ha:mo project encompasses not just the vehicles themselves, but also a network of charging stations and a smartphone app that allows users to reserve an i-Road and even locate a vacant charging station.
The i-Road offers fully-enclosed tandem seating for two, and can travel around 50km on a single charge.
For more information about the Toyota i-Road and the Cité lib project, see: unr.ly/1wJmZxp
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