Electric Toyota i-Road revealed
The three-wheeled i-Road is intended for urban commuters and has a maximum range of 30 miles. It can be fully charged in just three hours using a domestic socket, but is not compatible with fast-charge systems.
Toyota claims that four i-Roads can fit in a single parking bay.
The i-Road features a stability system called 'Active Lean', which allows the i-Road to lean into corners like a motorbike. Driver and passenger are completely enclosed so don't have to wear helmets. The i-Road's turning circle is just three metres.
The i-Road's top speed is 28mph, but Toyota says the 30-mile range is achievable only at an average of just 18mph.
Toyota claims that the i-Road could be operated in a similar manner to systems in major cities where bicycles are hired to the public – such as the Boris Bike scheme in London.
Toyota says there's a strong chance the electric-powered two-seater will make it into production, although no date has been set.
By Tom Webster