It's Really Real: Toyota i-Road Production Begins

Toyota i-Road

Toyota’s pie-in-the-sky EV concept from this year’s Geneva show was hailed by the company as a production-ready concept, leading to a number of sarcastic nods and knowing “Yeah, right.” comments from the motoring press. Here we are, just a few months later, and reports are starting to surface that Toyota has begun production of their innovative, 3-wheeled EV, and that as many as 100 of the jet fighter-inspired machines will be available as part of a car-sharing program in Toyota City.

The production Toyota i-Road vehicles will be available alongside the conventional COMS EV (shown in the gallery, below), as well as a number of electric Yamaha scooters similar to those used as pitbikes by the Toyota racing team that competed at LeMans this past year.

Still no word on whether or not the i-Road will make it to the US or European markets, but the fact that there will be triple-digit numbers of these is, at least, something for EV enthusiasts to get excited about.


Source | Photos: Motorpasion.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.