Toyota’s New Electric i-ROAD. Will It Change Up Your Commute?

The 3-wheel “green machine” combines the ease of handling of a motorbike and the drive stability and comfort of a car. Toyota set out to create a a fun-to-drive and convenient urban EV. By all accounts, it was a success.

I can see why. It looks fun to drive and and meets the standards of even the strictest of environmentalists.

The i-ROAD‘s automatic active lean mechanism, developed based on the body movement of skiers and running animals, gives the driver the sensation of being totally at one with the machine.

Imagine rounding into a corner and having your vehicle mimic your own body’s motion. That would be so cool. I want to test drive one of these for that reason alone, let alone some of its other features.

It seems like the essence of a commuter vehicle. I could see myself parking one of these at the office after my 20 minute commute. It is an ultra-compact so it won’t take up much parking space and will be a breeze to park, even in congested downtowns, like the one I work out of.

And to be able to break away from the shackles of $1.29 per litre gasoline for my compact car and improve my CO2 emissions make this a vehicle I want to drive.

As the parent of a toddler who is well into her terrible twos, I have already started thinking about the world her generation will be inheriting.

My wife and I try to be environmentally conscious, recycling whatever we can, we have composted in the past and test drove hybrid vehicles, though greater cost prevented their purchase.

I like to think of myself of someone who cares about the environment. We like to walk and drive our bicycles around the neighbourhood trails and even have a trailer for the little one to ride behind me on the bike.

A few lucky people were able to test drive the i-ROAD in Japan earlier this month on public roads. The vehicles performed admirably hopefully bringing it one step closer to production for a world-wide audience.

These are the kinds of vehicles more companies need to be investing in to slow our dependance on burning fossil fuels.

I for one am ready to make the change to electric and hybrid vehicles when they become available and affordable to the masses. Are you?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Toyota. The opinions and text are all mine.

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