Toyota has unveiled a new three-wheeled electric vehicle at the Geneva motor show. The Toyota i-Road is just 850mm wide and is designed for easy maneuverability on city streets.
The three-wheel i-Road seats two people in tandem under a weatherproof cover and body. It can be driven without a crash helmet, and Toyota says the cabin has a ‘car-like environment’.
The i-Road is 2350mm long, 1445mm high and has a 1700mm wheelbase. The narrow width means that up to four i-Roads could be parked in a single car parking bay.
The zero-emissions, all-electric powertrain uses a lithium-ion battery to power two 2kW motors mounted in the front wheels.
The driving range is around 30 miles, after which the battery can be fully recharged from a conventional domestic power supply in three hours.
The i-Road uses a lean actuator and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the left and right front tyres, to balance the vehicle during cornering.