Toyota Brings Futuristic E-Trike to Reality
GENEVA, Switzerland – The boundaries between (engine powered or electric) two-wheelers and other mobility concepts are steadily fading. The futuristic Toyota i-ROAD trike underlines that once more. It debuted last year at the Geneva Car Show. It was back this year, but in a production-ready version.
With a width of just 850mm, the i-ROAD is barely wider than any other scooter or motorcycle. With Toyota’s ‘Active Lean’ technology the three-wheeled scooter automatically balances while cornering, reminiscent to Piaggio’s MP3. But this Toyota is different, because i-ROAD’s steering takes place with the rear wheel.
It operates completely electric with two 2kW electric motors mounted in the front wheels. A big Lithium-Ion battery is supplying the power for a 50 kilometer range. Recharging takes place in 3 hours.
Gap between e-bikes and e-cars
The Toyota i-ROAD is an example of how automakers intend to fill the gap that exists between electric bicycles and electric cars. For that they focus on emission-free and noiseless vehicles that offer individual urban transport.
Problems yet to be solved
However, how people living in apartment buildings have to recharge the i-ROAD battery and can safely park their 3-wheeled roofed e-scooter, are problems yet to be solved. Is with that in mind the i-ROAD better suited for car sharing systems? It isn’t probably without reason that exactly this is featured in the i-ROAD film below. Prices and when available at the Toyota dealers isn’t made public yet.