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 |  Mar 05 2013, 12:42 PM

Toyota unveiled its unique i-ROAD concept today at the Geneva Motor Show; a compact, all-electric, three-wheeled personal mobility vehicle (MPV) with a comfortable and enclosed two-seater cabin.

Unfortunately, the Japanese automaker is also employing a “you can look from far away, but don’t touch” philosophy on its MPV concept, so checking it out up close and personal is out of the question. Nonetheless, the i-ROAD is everything it appears to be in its concept video, with the automaker’s “Active Lean” technology being demonstrated on the show floor.

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The three-wheeled vehicle has an easy time automatically balancing itself when cornering or traveling over stepped surfaces. It features a near-silent EV powertrain that allows it to travel up to 30 miles with zero emissions. Recharging from a convention power outlet takes just three hours from empty to full.

Toyota also claims that no special skills are required to pilot the i-ROAD, and since the driver’s feet doesn’t have to touch the surface at any time, it is fitted with a safer, weatherproof, closed body. That also allows it to be driven without the use of a helmet. This is just a part of the future that Toyota is envisioning… is it a future you want to be a part of?

GALLERY: Toyota i-ROAD Concept

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  • MistyGreen

    Article about the most expensive car at Geneva, followed by probably the cheapest one.

  • FunRide007

     
    Toyota has a great concept (Narrow,
    Enclosed, Tilting, Commuter); BUT its limited performance (30 mi.
    range, 28mph speed) severely limits its practicality and
    marketability in today’s society. While <30mph might be OK for a
    city center; getting there on 45-55mph roads would be impractical and
    dangerous. Most city dwellers live in apartments and high rises and
    would find parking, storing and recharging impractical. Might be
    good for a “Car Sharing” business. Now if Toyota could come up
    with an i-Road-2 with 100 mile range and a top speed of 65-75mph,
    then they would have the “Commuter of the Future” for
    suburbanites , and would sell hundreds of thousands; I know I'd buy
    one!

  • FunRide007

     
    Toyota has a great concept (Narrow,
    Enclosed, Tilting, Commuter); BUT its limited performance (30 mi.
    range, 28mph speed) severely limits its practicality and
    marketability in today’s society. While <30mph might be OK for a
    city center; getting there on 45-55mph roads would be impractical and
    dangerous. Most city dwellers live in apartments and high rises and
    would find parking, storing and recharging impractical. Might be
    good for a “Car Sharing” business. Now if Toyota could come up
    with an i-Road-2 with 100 mile range and a top speed of 65-75mph,
    then they would have the “Commuter of the Future” for
    suburbanites , and would sell hundreds of thousands; I know I'd buy
    one!

  • http://www.eideard.com/ Ed Campbell

    Dunno about your neck of the prairie; but, the average US commute is 40 miles at speeds below 50-55mph.

    Give me a 50 mile range to cover anxiety and forgetfulness – a 50-55mph top – and an affordable price, I’d buy one in a New Mexico minute.

  • http://www.maniacelectricmotors.com/ Christian Vazquez

    Isn’t there ‘full size’ electric cars with a better range? 

  • FunRide007

     So Ed, like I said; the Toyota i-ROAD (as shown) will NOT meet the “average US commute”.  I could live with your figures for an i-ROAD-2.0, but greater Range and Speed would increase BUYERS to more than just the “average”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.lee.phillips Stephen Lee Phillips

    Or perhaps a 200-250 mile range, with :”capacitor-quick” recharge times???