Oct 25, 2019 – Toyota Motor has displayed a new view of the Concept-i RIDE model – production-ready Ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) – at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of the vehicle’s planned commercial launch in Japan in 2020.
Toyota Concept-i Ride
Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled its concept of the Concept-i Ride 2-seater autonomous small mobility EV in October 2017 at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The mini car was presented as a part of the Toyota Concept-i series, which also included the Toyota LQ/Concept-i sedan and the Toyota Concept-i Walk compact vehicle for driving on sidewalks.
The 2017 Concept-i Ride model featured gull-wing doors that provided a large opening and an electric seat that slid to the entrance so that even wheelchair users who feel difficult when moving between the wheelchair and the car can transfer easily. Also, the opening and closing of the gull-wing door supported loading and unloading of the wheelchair, and the operation of the seat had been designed so that the wheelchair could be easily stored in the rear section.
In addition, a joystick was used instead of the steering wheel, accelerator, and brake pedals, and the vehicle size enabled wheelchair users to park and enter/exit a common parking space for one vehicle, with emphasis placed on easy operation while driving and stopping or parking.
Moreover, the AI Agent was positioned on the large-size display of the instrument panel to provide necessary information.
The driver’s seat was positioned in the center when driving. While parking and stopping, driving assistance functions such as automated parking and automated valet parking, were employed, allowing anyone, including not only wheelchair users but also elderly people, to drive safely.
The model offered a driving range of 100-150 km.
Toyota Ultra-Compact BEV, Ultra-Compact BEV for Business
In October 2019, Toyota Motor displayed a new view of the Concept-i Ride model – production-ready Ultra-Compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) – at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of the vehicle’s planned commercial launch in Japan in 2020.
The ultra-compact, two-seater mobility solution was said to be designed for short-distance mobility while limiting impact on the environment. The EV is to meet the daily mobility needs of customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licensed drivers, or business-people visiting local customers. It can be driven a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge, reach a maximum speed of 60 km/h, and features an extremely short turning radius.
The company has also demonstrated a concept of a similar 1-seater ultra-compact EV for business, first presented in June 2019. Designed for business applications that include repeated short-distance trips and parking, the Ultra-compact BEV for Business serves as a mobile office with three modes to support traveling, working and taking breaks using the vehicle.