Toyota I-Road EV To Join Japanese Urban Transport System Trials

Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road personal mobility concept to the “Ha:mo” urban transport system trials.

The concept, which made its world debut at 2012 Geneva motor show, will be used alongside existing Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles starting early in 2014.

“Ha:mo”  is an urban transport system designed to combine all forms of public and private transport with the aim of improving traffic flow and minimizing emissions. The system uses electric vehicle car sharing and traffic routing information to ensure the most appropriate form of transportation is used by travelers.

Toyota describes the i-Road as a compact, all-electric, three-wheeled personal mobility vehicle (PMV) with a comfortable, enclosed two-seater cabin.

The i-Road is a zero emissions vehicle powered by a near-silent EV powertrain, with a range of up to 30 miles. The i-Road uses a lithium-ion battery to power two 2 kilowatt motors mounted in the front wheels Recharging from a conventional power supply takes three hours.

The introduction of Toyota’s i-Road concept is just one action in the expansion of the “Ha:mo” system.

The number of COMS electric vehicles is being increased from 10 to 100 in October. All COMS vehicles will be fitted with keyless operation; at the same time, the number of Yamaha PAS power-assisted bicycles is also increasing from 10 to 100 in October.

Additionally, users will be able to rent and return vehicles at 17 new locations starting this October, an increase from the four currently in operation. These stations will be conveniently located near main train stations and major public facilities.

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