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Sponsored: Toyota i-ROAD Is A New Concept In Urban Mobility

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Toyota i-ROAD

The Toyota i-ROAD is a brand new concept in urban mobility, an ultra-compact three-wheeled, all-electric car that mixes the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car. The i-ROAD is driven at the front wheels by twin 2-kW electric motors, and steered at the rear wheels, as the articulating front end allows the i-Road to lean into corners as a motorcycle would, to maintain stability and composure.

In urban areas where traffic is a real problem, an ultra-compact vehicle like the i-ROAD makes perfect sense, giving you the maneuverability of a traditional motorcycle or scooter, while keeping you protected from the elements. And you don’t need to wear a helmet either, which should keep the ladies happy since their hair won’t get messed up.

What’s really unique about the i-Road is that the vehicle maintains balance (not the driver), meaning anyone can drive the Toyota i-ROAD safely and comfortably. This is achieved through the utilization of “Active Lean” technology that calculates the required degree of tilt based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information. The car stays quite upright at low speeds; but as soon as the driver speeds up and then rounds a corner, the i-Road leans at more of an angle. The whole arrangement has been likened to a skier’s legs, as the video above demonstrates.

The i-ROAD is a smart approach to the issue of traffic congestion in crowded cities, and they’re testing this theory out in Grenoble, France. Through The Cité lib by Ha:mo car sharing program, residents of Grenobe have the opportunity to test drive the ultra-compact EV for 3 years, with the aim for smoother transportation flow within the city.

For hassle-free coordination, users in this project were supplied with a smart phone app, also called Cité lib by Ha:mo. This app not only confirms the availability of the station, charging status and reservation of EVs, but also offers the information through the coordination with Station Mobile that provides a search system which searches car-charging stations and routes within Grenoble.

We give Toyota a lot of credit for addressing a real problem, and we believe the i-ROAD represents a true opportunity for a more responsible and sustainable urban development.

For more information about the Toyota i-ROAD, please visit The Grenoble Toyota Project page.

This post has been sponsored by Toyota, but all thoughts are our own.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."