Toyota C+pod now available for general public


A year after launching it exclusively for select corporate and municipal customers in Japan, Toyota has decided that it’s best to offer the C+pod to everyone. Apparently, the initial users appreciated the Kei car for its ease of handling, environmental friendliness, and a full range of safety features despite its ultra-compact body. It is available in two grades: X and G, priced at JPY 1,650,000 and 1,716,000 (US$ 14,455 to 15,033), respectively.

It is also available via lease contracts from Toyota dealers and authorized rental & lease agencies throughout Japan, with varying prices.

The C+pod is powered by a single electric motor (permanent magnet) at the rear that develops a maximum output of 9.2 kW (12.5 metric hp) and 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) of torque. A 9.06 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to offer a cruising range of up to 150 km (93 mi) as per WLTC Class 1 test cycle. Its top speed is claimed to be 60 km/h (37 mph), for those interested to know. The vehicle weighs 690 kg (1,521 lbs). Recharging the battery pack takes between 5-16 hours.

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