Toyota i-ROAD hits the roads of Japan

i-Road on the road

Amid the excitement surrounding the displaying of Toyota’s FCV and FV2 concepts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, another important debut occurred this week in another part of the world – the first appearance of the Toyota i-ROAD on the streets of Japan.

Taking place in Toyota City, this marked the first time that the i-ROAD has been driven on public roads, and the first time that members of the general public have been able to experience for themselves the sensation of driving this novel concept vehicle.

i-Road collage

The i-ROAD is an ultra-compact, three-wheeled electric vehicle concept designed to make short-distance travel in cities smoother and more enjoyable. Easy to handle, i-ROAD gives the driver the sensation of being at one with the machine as it speeds along narrow streets and leans intuitively through the corners as if you were riding a bicycle.

More than just a mental exercise, i-ROAD is a key component in Toyota’s vision of a future urban traffic system that intelligently combines public transportation systems with EVs such as the i-ROAD in order to reach your destination. The overall purpose is to place minimum stress on both people and the environment, while alleviating traffic congestion and minimising the inefficient use of parking spaces.

Towards the end of 2014, i-ROAD will also appear on the roads of Grenoble, France, as it participates in another next-generation urban traffic system supported by Toyota. It will be among 70 ultra-compact EVs included in a large-scale car-sharing project that aims to offer an environmental and people-friendly mobility solution.

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Comments (4)

    1. Hi Peter
      Thanks for your post and good to hear your feedback about the i-Road.
      At the moment i-Road has just commenced trials in Japan (this will also be followed up by trial in France later this year) the purpose of which is to gain real world data on usage patterns which will help shape the final specification. We are therefore still a little way before we can confirm details such as cost as the data has to be collated and analysed after these trials finish. We do plan to continue to cover i-Road stories on our Blog about how these trials progress and will make sure we publish the latest news.

      1. Keep me posted too please – and if you are looking for volunteer test-pilots, I’d love to help out.

        1. Hi John,
          Thank you for your post and interest in Toyota i-Road. Please keep an eye on our blog for the latest news and features. Many thanks.

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