Toyota I-ROAD, the car that climbs stairs

Toyota I-ROAD, the car that climbs stairs

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Can a car go down the stairs? Homes automotive are cutting new goals, it is the case of Toyota I-Road presented at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. We talk about electric mobility, innovative, safe, ultra-compact and full of surprises.

In the wake of the success of the Reunault Twizy, others begin to spread electric vehicles of very small size, the so-called ultra-compact vehicles, we saw it with Nissan in Japan and today we see it with the Toyota I-Road.

THE ultra-compact vehicles present themselves to the public as a new form of transport. The Toyota I-Road it's a compact vehicle, completely electric and is a three wheels. First impressions reveal a vehicle comfortable, closed, two-seater and also very innovative. It is innovative due to the presence of 'Active Lean' technology which makes driving safer, more intuitive and fun. The technology was created to ensure maximum adherence to the road texture even during the toughest bends.


L'I-Road Toyota has a width of 850 mm, similar to that of two-wheeled vehicles but it is a ultra-compact vehicle more comfortable than two wheels. The passenger compartment can easily accommodate two people with its 2,350 mm length and 1445 mm height.

It was designed to be used in city centers, to avoid road congestion at rush hour and for reduce CO2 emissions related to mobility. L'I-Road has a lithium-ion battery that powers a pair of electric engines from 2 kW. The electric motors are placed inside the driving wheels anterior. The autonomy of the Toyota vehicle it is about 50 km and offers recharging times of only 3 hours using the classic household electrical sockets.

Ultra-compact vehicles and safety
We often hear about little safety offered by ultra-compact vehicles; ultra-compact vehicles have a smaller deformable surface therefore the driver is more exposed to the risk of accidents. The problem safety, in part, it is solved by the lightness of the vehicle itself: small vehicles are more agile and, in addition, theToyota I-Road comes onto the market with a completely new innovation, technology Active Lean.

Such technology has the ability to move automatically the wheels along a vertical axis. The wheels can be moved in opposite directions by constantly applying theangle of inclination just to counter the centrifugal force exerted by steering, for example when cornering.


The system works even when the Toyota vehicle it is driven on a surface that has gods steps: the actuator autonomously compensates for changes in the road surface to maintain vehicle stability. L'I-Road Toyota it can be driven without a helmet, it will have the combined advantages of a car (heating, stereo, bluettoth connectivity, lighting ...) and an electric scooter (agile, easy to park, tax exemption, reduced insurance rate ...).

Video: 2015 Toyota i-Road driving demo (July 2022).


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