In quest of new forms of mobility to change the amazement of today into the commonplace of tomorrow, Toyota and its partners have put Toyota i-Road three-wheeler, ultra-compact electric vehicle in action on the streets of Grenoble, France, with effect from October 1, 2014.
Initially Grenoble has received 35 of such vehicles as part of a car-sharing pilot program known as “Cité lib by Ha:mo”. According to a press release from Toyota, it will be a three-year trial project. The EVs will be available for short city trips in 27 charging stations which will keep increasing with time. The pricing plan is designed in such a way that for first 15-minutes ride, the citizens will be paying 3 Euros or $3.32. With every consecutive 15-minutes trip the rate will keep reducing.
Keeping in view the fact that the number of people, living in urban areas, has surpassed the number living in rural areas, and the resultant growth in urban transportation sector, this innovative electric vehicle named i-Road shows its viability in future. This new concept in mobility rightly dubbed as i-Road best suits to city movement due to its various unique functions, eye catching designs and colors. No more worrying about parking or waiting for the next bus, just go to the nearest charging station and get i-Road.
While on the topic of uniqueness of this vehicle, we must mention the automatic active lean mechanism which produces a ski-like driving motion for smooth cornering with outstanding stability on uneven surfaces which in turn provides pleasant and refreshing driving experience to the drivers. This sensation is only enjoyed to some extent by the motorbike riders, though with fear of getting unbalanced and slipping on the roads. Toyota has made all out efforts to make the journey of i-Road users easy, safe, convenient and fear-free. To achieve this goal, Toyota has developed a last-mile-mobility management system and smartphone apps to provide optimal route guidance through a combination of private cars, public transport and last-mile mobility.
We must emphasize here the importance of last mile transportation as a large number of people experience hardship in reaching to their final destination after getting off at a transport hub or reaching at a terminus or station from their starting location to board a bus or train (which can be dubbed as first-mile transportation) as these places are not within walking distance or there is time constraint.
*This post has been sponsored by Toyota i-Road, but concerns my own opinion.