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Tokyo Trials for Toyota’s i-Road EV

March 21, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Convenience of a Motorcycle… Comfort and Stability of a Car’

Toyota said in Tokyo that it will commence consumer trials of its i-Road battery electric three-wheeler there next week. Toyota wants to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas.

Toyota says it will commence trials of its 660-pound battery electric i-Road personal mobility vehicle in the greater Tokyo area on March 24.

Toyota says it will commence consumer trials of its 660-pound battery electric i-Road personal mobility vehicle in the greater Tokyo area on March 24.

“The i-Road offers a novel riding experience,” Toyota says, “combining the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car.”

The vehicle for the consumer trials is based on the model shown as a concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, “but is now available in five colors and features improved visibility, ease-of-use and maneuverability,” the company says.

Toyota_i-Road_specs

Toyota i-Road specifications

Ease-of-Use to be Assessed

Toyota will provide ten vehicles to approximately 20 test participants, ranging from members of the general public to “trend and industry experts.”

Feedback on driving feel, user satisfaction, ease-of-use in urban areas, and impact on destination choices will be assessed.


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Source: Toyota Motor Corp with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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