Toyota tests two-seat electrics
BASED on its prediction that batteries will not be able to match hydrogen for another 20 years, Toyota has cut all its big electric vehicle projects.
But in Japan, the world’s largest car company has started trails of a small two-seater version of the i-Road, its short-range ultra-compact electric vehicle.
While currently in use as part of a Toyota test project in Grenoble, France, the twoseater model has now received type certification from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, making it eligible for use in Japan.
The vehicles will be loaned for periods of approximately one month to users who plan to use them for two-passenger applications.
Toyota will assess the value of the i-Road in different capacities, including its potential to meet mobility needs that are not currently met.
Toyota still has no plans to return to big electric vehicles, however.