Consumers to Test Ultra-compact ‘i-Road’ EV in Tokyo

Toyota i Road

Toyota Motor Corporation announces the start of consumer trials of the “i-Road” personal mobility vehicle in the Greater Tokyo Area. The limited trials, which aim to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas, will run from March 24 through early June. Continue reading Consumers to Test Ultra-compact ‘i-Road’ EV in Tokyo

Toyota iQ to Have Electric Variant in 2012

Toyota’s urban electric car, shown in various guises at auto shows, will be based on the diminutive iQ when it arrives in Europe, Japan and the United States in 2012, the company says. Journalists in Japan drove prototypes of the car recently at Mega Web, a showroom with a small test track run by the Toyota Motor Corporation in Tokyo.

The iQ will be sold as a Scion in the United States when it goes on sale early next year, but Toyota did not say whether the Car Hire France electric car would also wear the Scion badge.
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Better Place Opens Battery-Swap Station in Tokyo for 90-Day Taxi Trial

Wherever electric-vehicle infrastructure company Better Place has planted its flag, withering vaporware accusations have followed. They were natural rejoinders to Shai Agassi, the chief executive’s, assured pledge at last fall’s Frankfurt motor show to put 100,000 E.V.’s on the world’s roads by 2016.

Disquieting data concerning the world’s supply of lithium, a critical component of the batteries that would power Better Place’s E.V.’s, cast doubt over the business model’s long-term viability. This week, however, the company delivered its sharpest rebuke yet to skeptics, introducing a fully functional E.V. battery-swap station in the Roppongi Hills section of Tokyo.
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