Set to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, March 5th, Toyota has unveiled the i-Road concept,a new electric scooter that drives like a car thanks to a newly developed Active Lean technology early. This concept is a three-wheeled Personal Mobility Device (PMD) the size of a conventional scooter and is less than three feet wide. Counteracting the need to lean-over in a corner, the Active Lean technology uses a gyro-sensor and unique front suspension system to essentially move the wheels up and down.
Operating even to stabilize the vehicle at stoplights, as well as to smooth out slight changes at higher speeds, there is no need for the operator to put their feet on the ground, allowing for a car-like closed cockpit. In addition to not needing a helmet, the i-Road offers features you’d never get in a scooter such as heat, audio, and Bluetooth.
The i-Road is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and two 2kW motors, allowing for what Toyota calls “brisk acceleration” and a range of 30 miles (50 km). The vehicles battery 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.”