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Toyota Introduces i-ROAD, An Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle
By Tamara Kisha Tan, 10 Mar 2013
Toyota's i-ROAD made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The company's Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle (EPMV) is designed to offer commuters greater flexibility and ease of use in an urban environment.
The i-ROAD features the similar traffic-weaving abilities of an average motorcycle, but it also has ‘car-like’ qualities to offer. For example, it provides full shelter from the elements for the rider, within its pod-like enclosed environment.
Moreover, the i-ROAD is completely powered by electricity and is set to provide riders with ‘active lean’ technology. When the i-ROAD is taking on a bend, both wheels respond accordingly, with the inner-wheel shifting slightly backwards and the outer-wheel moving slightly forwards, allowing users to enjoy a 'safe, intuitive and helmet-free' riding experience.
With one charge, the i-ROAD can travel for a distance of up to 50 km (approximately 31.1 miles).
Measuring 2,350 mm long and 850 mm wide, the compact three-wheeled vehicle's dimensions also make for an easy parking experience, with four units being able to be fitted into a single car park lot.
If you want to see the i-ROAD in action, have a look at the video below:
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