It’s a trike! It’s a car! Or at least, it’s a Toyota.
It’s hard to exactly sum up this new three-wheeler Toyota plans to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. Toyota is calling it a Personal Mobility Vehicle, but it looks like a compromise between riding a scooter, fending off helmet hair, and keeping your safety-conscious mother happy.
The new PMV (Toyota calls this particular model the i-ROAD) has what Toyota calls Active Lean technology, to keep it stable. Like Piaggio’s MP3, it’s a leaning three-wheeler.
It’s only 850 mm wide, and can run 30 miles on a charge. It takes three hours to re-charge. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery. There is a 2kW electric motor in each front wheel.
Of course, naysayers will point out that’s not a lot of range – and they’d be right. But as more and more automotive giants start to build these sort of concepts, you know the technology to make them an affordable reality is on its way.