Toy­ota tests two-seat electrics

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

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.

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