The new Toyota i-Road It is a comfortable and enclosed vehicle, for two occupants sitting in tandem, incorporating ('Active Lean') tilt technology enabled, allowing a pleasant shopping experience safe, intuitive and helmetless driving, with a range of up 50 km with a single charge. Users of Personal Mobility Vehicles need a vehicle that is more comfortable, weatherproof and safer than a moped or motorcycle, but to continue offering the advantages of low maintenance and compact dimensions (especially in width) , to facilitate parking and urban maneuverability, associated with two-wheeled vehicles.
Beyond 2 350 mm long, 1 445 mm high and 1 700 mm wheelbase, the key dimension Toyota i-Road is 850 mm width approximately equal that of a conventional two-wheel vehicle. Thus the Toyota i-Road have the same ability to maneuver freely and can park up to four Toyotas i-Road in a single car parking space.
The electrical system Toyota i-Road powered by a lithium ion battery that powers a pair of electric motors 2 kW mounted on the two front wheels. Combining brisk acceleration with very quiet operation, the new vehicle Toyota Personal Mobility has a range of approximately 50 km, after which it can be recharged using a conventional household power outlet in just three hours.
A key enabling higher levels of stability, safety and comfort when driving Toyota i-Road is the intuitive new technology 'Active Lean' (active Tilt) Toyota. The system incorporates a motor and a gear mounted on the front suspension tilt, and connected by a clevis to the two front wheels. An ECU calculates the required inclination depending on the steering angle, the gyro sensor and the vehicle speed. Then, the system automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, and an angle of inclination applied to counteract the centrifugal force of the swerve.
With a minimum turning angle only 3,0 meters, the system is also operative when the PMV PMV Toyota moves in a straight line on uneven surface so that the tilt system automatically compensates for changes in surface path for maintaining the level of the body.
The 'Active Lean' system, which does not require any specialized conduction ability, provides an experience similar to riding a motorcycle, but without the need for the driver himself to stabilize the vehicle in low speed maneuvering or stopping . Since the 'Active Lean' system eliminates the need for the driver feet down to the surface of the road in no time, the body Toyota i-Road can be closed, sealed and safer.
That not only means that the new Personal Mobility Vehicle Toyota can drive without a helmet, but also provides an environment more similar to a car, with the possibility to enjoy items such as lighting, heating, sound system and Bluetooth connectivity to mobile phones on board.
Toyota believes that the concept of individual electric mobility Toyota i-Road will play an important role in reducing congestion and air pollution in urban environments.
Workers in metropolitan areas could use public transportation or a conventional private car to move to transport nodes in the urban area and from there change to Toyota i-Road to complete its route and around the city center.
Its compact size, maneuverability, ease of parking, quick recharge and availability in open or closed cockpit make the new format Toyota i-Road an ideal solution for urban transport, designed to reduce congestion and emissions CO2, NOx and particulates in urban centers, without sacrificing individual freedom of movement.
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