ROAD TO GRENOBLE
Report on Introduction of
TOYOTA i-ROAD in Japan

2014 MARCH 2

An i-ROAD test drive event was held in Ecoful Town, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The local residents who participated were all amazed at the new drive experience, different to any other vehicle. After an introductory orientation, they drove the i-ROAD on public roads and felt total unity with the EV, an exhilarating driving experience.

The i-ROAD will also appear on the roads of Grenoble in France at the end of 2014

An innovative next-generation urban traffic demonstration will be held in Grenoble, France at the end of 2014.
In a joint project with Toyota Motor Corporation, the City of Grenoble and Électricité de France (EDF) and others, about 70 ultra compact EVs including i-ROADs are scheduled to participate in and implement a large-scale car-sharing project. This is a near-future environmental and people-friendly mobility solution … and i-ROAD will come into action in both Japan and in Europe.

A new sensation on your usual drive route
- A gasp of surprise at the sense of unity with the vehicle

March 2nd, 2014
An i-ROAD test drive event was held in Ecoful Town, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
The local residents who participated were all amazed at the new drive experience, different to any other vehicle. After an introductory orientation, they drove the i-ROAD on public roads and felt total unity with the EV, an exhilarating driving experience.

All the participants were keenly interested in this first encounter with the i-ROAD

Finally from Ecoful Town onto a public road! This was a memorable occasion and a world first!

Jauntily driving in platoon formation through the town.
"I soon got used to driving it" (Participant)

Smooth performance on curves "Unity with the EV gives me a sense of security." (Participant)

Yanaka
Project General Manager
Product Planning Group
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

It'll be thrilling and exciting to see the i-ROAD driven in real traffic

In a talk show, Mr. Yanaka, the Project General Manager tasked with developing the i-ROAD, said his objective had been to create a fun-to-drive and convenient urban EV.
The 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.

New urban life possibilities evolving for cars – i-ROAD

Making short distance travel in cities smoother and more enjoyable! i-ROAD - an ultra compact three-wheeler EV based on a new concept. This compact design EV is easy to handle, and it gives the driver the sensation of being at one with the machine as it speeds along narrow streets with ease. This new mobility style contributes to the alleviation of traffic congestion, minimizes parking space and helps to ensure clean cities thanks to low CO2 emissions.

i-ROAD CONCEPT MOVIE

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A smarter way to get to your destination - next generation urban traffic system

Ha:mo concept

This is not just a car. It is the combination of public transportation systems and ultra compact EVs. With the i-ROAD, you will reach your destination the smart way. Next generation transportation networks efficiently link up diverse forms of mobility. This enables a new style of transportation that places minimum stress on people and the environment.

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Toward the realization of a smart mobility society – Another epic challenge by Toyota!