At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota will showcase production-ready Ultra-compact electric vehicles, which the company plans for a commercial launch in Japan in 2020. These include small two-door cars called Ultra-compact BEVs, Walking Area BEVs (seated, standing or wheelchair-linked type), and i-ROAD – a three-wheeled motorcycle-sized vehicle.
The two-seater BEVs are targeted at people such as the elderly, newly licensed drivers, or businessmen visiting local customers. It gets a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge, reaches a maximum speed of 60 km/h, and features an extremely short turning radius, Toyota said.
The standing and seated type BEVs are for applications such as patrolling, conducting security checks or carrying equipment at the airports or factories, and for people who may have difficulty walking. The wheelchair-linked type is self-explanatory, as it connects to manual wheelchairs making them more convenient.
Among the Walking area BEVs, the wheelchair-linked type seems to get more range on a single charge. The i-Road is claimed to go 50 km on a single charge.
There are plans for shared mobility business too. The BEVs are available on-demand via a mobile app.
We want to create a mobility solution that can support Japan’s aging society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life. – Akihiro Yanaka, Head of Development