Toyota has released details of a new concept vehicle it has designed that it will be showcasing at the 2013 Geneva motor show, in the form of the Toyota i-Road EV.
The Toyota i-Road EV is a three wheel vehicle that leans like a motorcycle, and has been designed as an electric city car, which Toyota hopes will be the future of urban motoring.
The Toyota i-Road has been designed to lower its centre of gravity like a motorcycle as it turns corners, and is fitted with a Toyota designed Active Lean system. The Toyota i-Road Active Lean system decides on the angle of tilt based on the steering angle, gyro sensor and the vehicle’s speed.
“The i-Road’s two front wheels are each powered by their own 2kW electric motor. The batteries give a range of 30 miles, and take three hours to fully recharge from a household socket. A Twizy takes three and a half hours to juice up, and has a claimed 50-62-mile range.”
Unlike a motorcycle the new Toyota i-Road is fitted with a completely enclosed cabin. For more images of the new Toyota i-Road EV concept vehicle jump over to the Car website.