Japanese automaker, Toyota is test driving an all-electric, three-wheeled, rear-steering “personal mobility vehicle” called the i-road.
“I-Road is small, it’s easy to get around, it’s super easy to park. It’s an EV, so it’s good for the environment. So it checks a lot of boxes for the city of the future,” said Jason Schulz, business development manager for Toyota North America.
The company showed off its latest brainwave at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which concluded this weekend in Colorado.
It is believed that Toyota has real commercial aspirations for the vehicle. It’s now being tested as part of car-sharing programs in Japan and Grenoble, France. In the last 30 days, the company has begun approaching operators of parking decks and parking lots about making room for the narrow, short vehicles at their facilities, which Toyota pitches as a way for parking companies to monetize previously unused space.
Schulz declined to speculate about when i-Road would be available markets, but Toyota has begun conversations with the motor vehicles agencies investigations reveal.