TOYOTA ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION-READY BATTERY-ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Monday, 28th October 2019

TOYOTA ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION-READY BATTERY-ELECTRIC VEHICLE

*Late 2020 target for release in Japan*

*Mobility solution that limits environmental impact*

*New business model to popularise battery-electric vehicles*

Toyota has revealed details of a new, production-ready ultra-compact battery-electric vehicle (BEV) ahead of a planned commercial launch in Japan late next year. Development chief Akihiro Yanaka said the vehicle, which is less than 2.5 metres long and 1.3 metres wide, is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances while limiting impact on the environment.

"We want to create a mobility solution that can support Japan's ageing society and provide freedom of movement to people at all stages of life," Mr Yanaka said. "With the ultra-compact BEV, we are proud to offer customers a vehicle that not only allows for greater autonomy, but also requires less space, creates less noise and limits environmental impact."

The ultra-compact, two-seater is specifically designed to meet the daily mobility needs of customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licenced drivers or business people visiting local customers.

It has a range of approximately 100km on a single charge, reaches a maximum speed of 60km/h, and features an extremely tight turning radius.

Toyota is also pairing its planned launch next year with a new business model that aims to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles in general. This includes examining every step of the battery's life, from manufacture through sale, resale or re-use, and recycling to maximise its value.

In the near term, Toyota will focus on expanded leasing initiatives designed to recapture used batteries for evaluation and re-use as appropriate in pre-owned vehicles, as service parts, or even in non-automobile applications.

Toyota is also developing peripheral services for battery electric vehicles such as recharging stations and insurance.

The vehicle will be displayed at this month's Tokyo Motor Show along with the Toyota i-ROAD and three different "walking area" BEVs that will be available for test rides on a 1.5km path.

Toyota's BEVs: Types & Main Features


  • Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for Businessis designed for business applications that include repeated short-distance trips and parking, this model serves as a "mobile office" with three modes to support travelling, working and taking breaks.

  • Walking Area BEV Standing Typecan be used for patrolling, conducting security checks or carrying heavy equipment around large facilities such as airports or factories.

  • Walking Area BEV Seated Typeprovides mobility for people who are handling large amounts of luggage, or who may have difficulty walking.

  • Walking Area BEV Wheelchair-linked Typeconnects to manual wheelchairs by providing motorized power to them for use at large facilities and tourist locations.

  • Toyota i-ROADis a short-distance mobility solution that combines the size of a motorcycle with improved stability to support last-km urban commuting or tourism.


Specifications (based on Toyota measurements)*

Name

Ultra-compact
BEV

Ultra-compact
BEV business
concept

Walking area
BEV standing
type

Walking area
BEV seated
type

Walking area
BEV wheelchair-
linked type

Toyota
i-ROAD

Release

Late 2020

-

Late 2020

2021

2021

Capacity

2 people

1

1

1

1

1/2

Length

2,490mm

2,490mm

700mm

1,180mm

540mm

2,345mm

Width

1,290mm

1,290mm

450mm

630mm

630mm

870mm

Height

1,550mm

1,550mm

1,200mm

1,090mm

1,090mm

1,455mm

Max speed

60km/h

60km/h

2, 4, 6, 10km/h
(switchable)

2, 4, 6km/h
(switchable)

2, 4, 6km/h
(switchable)

60km/h

Range on single charge

100km

100km

14km

10km

20km

50km

Charging time

Approx. 5hours
(200V)

Approx. 5hours
(200V)

Approx. 2.5 hrs
(replaceable battery)

Approx.2 hrs
(replaceable battery)

Approx. 2.5 hrs
(replaceable battery)

Approx. 3 hrs

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