I love the Toyota iRoad. It’s one of my favorite electric vehicles. I’m not sure why. I’m sure it’s partly because the vehicle is 100% electric, partly because of the awesome way that it looks when it turns, and partly because of its cozy-looking interior and cool views. But it also seems to be a case of the whole looking more awesome than all of its parts.
There’s no word if the iRoad will ever make it to the US or Europe, and it seems the iRoad will not be available for general consumption, but it is being tested out in a kind of bike-sharing system at rail stations in Japan, and all seems to be going well. Such a system is really a better option for a 21st-century vehicle anyway, imho. People are ditching automobile ownership, and this could be another way to further that transition while improving accessibility at the same time.
Here’s an update on the Toyota iRoad from Jo via sister site Gas2:
The last mile. That’s the biggest hurdle facing city planners and proponents of public transport- that last mile that commuters have to cross from the train station to their home or office. For many, the answer is either walking or cycling- that’…