Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás
Geneva 2013: Toyota i-Road Enclosed Motorcycle (w/ video)
This is Toyota’s newest electric commuter concept. It’s called the i-Road, and I could get into all the trick electric motor tech and the formula-1 style safety science meant to keep you alive whenever some kin-cuddlin’ redneck in a jacked-up pick-up decides it’s time to change lanes on top of you.
None of that’s all to exciting, though. The cool thing about the new Toyota i-Road is that it leans.
That’s right. The new Toyota i-Road will lean like a motorcycle. It will bank like a fighter-jet, even, if you decide your morning commute needs more “Top Gun” visuals in it. To that end, the i-Road’s Active Lean system will bank hard – moving each of the front wheels up and down, applying an angle of inclination calculated many times per second to counteract the centrifugal force of the corners. It’s all very clever, and good for an inconceivably tight 3 meter (!) turning radius.
You can get a sense of how Toyota envisions the i-Road’s city skills working within a future city’s traffic and (possibly hallucinatory) EV infrastructure in the video, below …
… and see some of my favorite pre-Geneva show press photos of the Toyota i-Road in the photo gallery at the bottom of this post.
No word, yet, on any plans for the i-Road to see production and US sales. While I wouldn’t hold my breath for that, with the right Scion ad team behind it I can’t help but think these would be pretty solid sellers in cash-strapped ‘murica.
Source: Toyota, mia Motorpasion.