Toyota i-Road is an Electric Scooter That Drives Like a Car


Set to make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show tomorrow, Toyota has unveiled a new electric scooter that drives like a car thanks to a newly developed Active Lean technology.

Called the i-Road, it is a three-wheeled Personal Mobility Device (PMD) the size of a conventional scooter and is less than three feet wide. The Active Lean technology uses a gyro-sensor and a unique front suspension system to essentially move the wheels up and down, counteracting the need to lean-over in a corner.

Operating even to smooth out slight changes at higher speeds, as well as to stabilize the vehicle at stoplights, there’s no need for the operator to put their feet on the ground, allowing for a car-like closed cockpit. In addition, that means there’s no need to wear a helmet, while the vehicle offers features you’d never get in a scooter, like heating, audio and Bluetooth.

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Powering the i-Road are two 2kW motors and a lithium-ion battery pack, allowing for what Toyota calls “brisk acceleration” and a range of 30 miles (50 km). The i-Road can be recharged in three hours.

Calling it, “an ideal urban vehicle… without compromising individual freedom of mobility,” Toyota says the i-Road concept brings it one step further towards a goal of having the “ultimate range of eco cars.”

 GALLERY: Toyota i-Road


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