My biggest pet peeve of a typical work day is not the actual work itself, but driving to work. I hate driving in the rush hour as sitting for hours in the car moving bumper to bumper test my patience to its ultimate limits. It never fails to amaze me to look at the volume of vehicles on the road even after so many years of driving. I watch the pollution of it all contaminating the air, sadly contributed by me along with the other drivers.
Our cities have a bad case of congestion. And it gets worse every day, believe it or not! Even though car pooling, bike riding and taking transit is still in practice- thanks to the conscious efforts of some citizens- it doesn’t help much since it is just a teeny tiny drop in the ocean considering how much traffic our roads are witnessing on a given day. Pollution impacts our environment greatly and every bit of help counts to reduce it to any measure.
If you keep close tabs on the Automobile industry, you will know that Electric Vehicles have started gaining an increasing momentum these days. During the last few decades, attention was given to the environmental impact that is caused by petroleum based transportation which led to a renewed interest in the electric transportation infrastructure.
Going along with the flow, Toyota, one of the trusted brands in the Automobile Industry, introduced i-Road in Japan this year!
What is i-Road, you ask? In a nutshell, It is a green technology that can drastically reduce the air pollution.
Mr.Yanaka, the General Manager of Product Planning Group of Toyota says,
i-ROAD combines the ease of handling of a motorbike and the drive stability and comfort of a car. The automatic active lean mechanism, developed based on the body movement of skiers and running animals, gives the driver the sensation of being totally at one with the machine.
Watch this video:
What is more?
Toyota’s i-Road could make your short distance travel in cities more enjoyable! It is a three wheeler based on a compact design that is easy to handle. The key is the new mobility style that contributes to the alleviation of traffic congestion and it also reduces the parking space drastically.
It also helps to ensure clean cities, thanks to low CO2 emissions. This is great news and one our cities can embrace quite passionately! i-Road enables a new style of transportation that puts minimum stress on people and the environment.
So far, i-Road is open only in Japan. i-Road will be available in France by the end of 2014. Even though it is not in the market world wide, I am sure it will be only a matter of time before it goes global.
Toyota’s i-Road is sure to offer an exhilarating driving experience and no doubt would take our cities by storm in the near future. I cannot wait to see yet another epic challenge by Toyota on the road. What about you? 🙂
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Toyota. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
That is just wonderful and kudos to Toyota. I hope someday we see lots of these out on the roads. I love how compact they are.
What an interesting concept. The only problem with that is it wouldn’t last one minute in a snowstorm!! Perfect for summer though! 🙂 Great work Toyota!
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I would probably be too afraid to drive one-I never did learn to ride a bike. It says it has three wheels but it also looks like it tilts. I was just driving in NYC the other day and with all the LARGE trucks around I wonder how safe it would really be there.
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That is very, very interesting! I wonder if it will take off? Thanks for sharing!
Such a great idea from Toyota. Although I love the idea behind it I don’t know if I would be comfortable driving one, Id feel a bit confined. I guess since it is used for shorter distances I might be okay.
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what a cool car it looks space age to me.
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I love the concept of this cool car. Plus, I would fit perfectly in it because I am very short!
Sarah Bailey says
What an interesting looking little car, I Would definitely love to give driving it a whirl 🙂 x
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Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
How neat! I do love Toyota and their environmentally friendly advances! We need more of these kinds of vehicles for sure!
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Wow, that sure is small. Is it safe if you get hit? Would you even survive a crash?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on the safety features of this EV as it is not given out yet. But I hope it is pretty good as the maker is Toyota 🙂