Tokyo-bound two-seater is designed for short urban journeys; company is revamping its battery leasing programme
Felix Page Autocar writer
21 October 2019

A new Toyota two-seat urban electric car and a compact urban van will be displayed at the Tokyo motor show, ahead of a planned on-sale date in late 2020. 

The as-yet-unnamed two-seater is referred to as an ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (EV) and has been designed “for short-distance travel with limited impact on the environment”. It is 2490mm long, 1290mm wide and 1550mm high and built to meet new micro car regulations in Japan.

With a claimed range of 62 miles, an "extremely tight" turning radius of 3.9m and a top speed of just 37mph, the model is aimed squarely at drivers in built-up urban environments, and more specifically the elderly. Charging time is a claimed five hours from a 220-volt power unit. 

Akihiro Yanaka, head of development, said: “We want to create a mobility solution that can support Japan’s ageing society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life.”

Toyota also notes the new model’s suitability for newly licensed drivers and city-based mobile businesses.

The van is based on similar underpinnings, but with a body designed for greater carrying capacity.

As part of its Tokyo motor show announcements, Toyota also confirmed the i-Road and i-Walk concepts previously displayed at motor shows will make production. Wheelchair compatible versions of these concepts will also be launched in 2021.

The unveiling comes as the firm reshapes its business model to better promote the concept of mass electric car adoption. As part of the new strategy, Toyota says it will scrutinise “every step of the battery’s lifecycle, from manufacture through sale, resale or re-use to recycling, to maximise its value”, in response to widespread criticism that battery costs make even the most affordable EVs much more expensive than their conventionally fuelled counterparts. 

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In the short-term, Toyota plans to introduce a new battery leasing scheme whereby used units can be swapped into pre-owned vehicles, broken down for spare parts or used in non-automotive power storage facilities as appropriate. 

It also claims to be developing its own EV charging stations and plans to launch an EV-specific insurance programme. 

Joining the two-seater on Toyota’s Tokyo stand will be the Walking Area BEV, designed for security patrols and airport luggage movements, the i-Road, a short-distance electric scooter designed for urban commutes and tourist functions, and the second generation of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in concept form. 

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17 October 2019

Battery swapping was Renaults concept several years ago then it was dropped, several years ago! 

17 October 2019

OK it won't be like Renaults battery swap idea but it's nothing new, ground breaking or anything that can't be done at the moment.  Taking out well used batteries from old EV's and putting them in old EV's with dud batteries that'll be leased etc.

The other idea of Recycling batteries, what do they think Tesla do with their old batteries, black bin on the 2nd Wednesday of every month?

23 October 2019
xxxx wrote:

OK it won't be like Renaults battery swap idea but it's nothing new, ground breaking or anything that can't be done at the moment.  Taking out well used batteries from old EV's and putting them in old EV's with dud batteries that'll be leased etc.

The other idea of Recycling batteries, what do they think Tesla do with their old batteries, black bin on the 2nd Wednesday of every month?

 

Oh, you are a hoot...you post then row back, due to the usual nonsense on your intial post...who pointed that out to you?...your pet dog, you know, the intelligent one of the two of you. Either you are permanently drugged up, a non functioning alcoholic or a fool...hilarious though you are, still a fool.

17 October 2019

Another turd brought by Toyota. First the IQ EV, then those things seen in Grenoble and now this.

This is solely to provide freedom of movement... creating congestion and chaos in urban settings.

Yep! way to go.

17 October 2019
coolboy wrote:

This is solely to provide freedom of movement... creating congestion and chaos in urban settings.

Yep! way to go.

I'd rather have a load of older people in cities in this sort of vehicle, rather than in a load of SUVs, which seems to be the present situation. Personally I thought the IQ was great, still plenty of them around, and I think Toyota should try something like it again

17 October 2019

It is a real challenge to make a vehicle with such proportions look attractive. However oversized headlights and small wheels are never a great combination.... Why not give Pininfarina a call?  The 2004 Nido concept was a great looking city car albeit slightly wider...

 

 

18 October 2019
All Toyota need to do is sell it in turquoise paint, then it is the replacement for the old mobility vehicles that disabled people were forced into. (Google it kids,; even a Reliant Robin was safer!!)

23 October 2019
Thumper wrote:

All Toyota need to do is sell it in turquoise paint, then it is the replacement for the old mobility vehicles that disabled people were forced into. (Google it kids,; even a Reliant Robin was safer!!)

 

Oh how RIGHT you are, except this has FOUR wheels, you know, the standard number, ABS, VSC, disc brakes, airbags, etc, etc. Perhaps you're just another embittered chip on the shoulder has been, who has one of these plastic pigs and cannot afford an upgrade to a banger. Fool.

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