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Toyota to Show Production-Ready Ultra-Compact BEV at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show “FUTURE EXPO”

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Posted October 17, 2019

New battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are aimed for release in Japan in late 2020, as part of new Toyota business model focused on the popularization of BEVs.

Ultra-compact BEVs. Image credit: Toyota.

Tokyo, Japan, October 17, 2019―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced that it will display its new, production-ready Ultra-compact BEV (battery electric vehicle) at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of the vehicle’s planned commercial launch in Japan in 2020. The next-generation mobility solution is designed to provide short-distance mobility 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,” said Akihiro Yanaka, Head of Development. “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.”

Ultra-compact BEV. Image credit: Toyota.

The ultra-compact, two-seater BEV is specifically designed to meet the daily mobility needs of customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licensed drivers, or business-people visiting local customers. It can be driven a range of approximately 100 km on a single charge, reach a maximum speed of 60 km/h, and features an extremely short turning radius.

Toyota is also pairing its planned 2020 launch of the Ultra-compact BEV 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 maximize 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.

Toyota’s proposed BEV business model. Image credit: Toyota.

In addition, Toyota is exploring applications for its compact, short-distance BEVs beyond individual mobility. For example, the ultra-compact BEV in particular is well-suited to meet the mobility needs of municipalities working to create safe, unrestricted, and environmentally-friendly transportation options in urban or mountainous communities. To date, Toyota is already engaged with approximately 100 corporate and government partners to explore new transportation models that would include BEVs such as the Ultra-compact BEV, and is in ongoing discussions with others. Current partners list here.

Toyota’s Ultra-compact BEV will be exhibited at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show from October 24 to November 4 along with the “Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for Business”, previously introduced on June 7, 2019. In addition, ticketed Tokyo Motor Show attendees will be able to experience a range of Toyota’s ultra-compact BEV mobility solutions at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show OPEN ROAD exhibit. The Toyota i-ROAD and three different Walking Area BEVs will be available for test rides along the 1.5 km long path connecting Aomi and Ariake.

Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for Business

Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for business. Image credit: Toyota.

Designed for business applications that include repeated short-distance trips and parking, the Ultra-compact BEV Concept Model for Business serves as a “mobile office” with three modes to support traveling, working and taking breaks using the vehicle.

Walking Area BEV Standing / Seating / Wheelchair-linked Type

Walking Area BEVs (seated type / standing type / wheelchair-linked type). Image credit: Toyota.

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

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

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

Toyota i-ROAD

Toyota i-ROAD. Image credit: Toyota.

The Toyota i-ROAD is a short-distance mobility solution that combines the size of a motorcycle with improved stability to support last-mile urban commuting or tourism.

Specifications (based on internal 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 2020 winter 2020 winter 2021 2021
Capacity 2 people 1 1 1 1 1/2
Length 2,490 mm 2,490 mm 700 mm 1,180 mm 540 mm 2,345 mm
Width 1,290 mm 1,290 mm 450 mm 630 mm 630 mm 870 mm
Height 1,550 mm 1,550 mm 1,200 mm 1,090 mm 1,090 mm 1,455 mm
Max speed 60 km/h 60 km/h 2, 4, 6, 10 km/h (switchable) 2, 4, 6 km/h (switchable) 2, 4, 6 km/h (switchable) 60 km/h
Range on single charge 100 km 100 km 14 km 10 km 20 km 50 km
Charging time Approx. 5 hours (200 V) Approx. 5 hours (200 V) Approx. 2.5 hours (replaceable battery) Approx. 2 hours (replaceable battery) Approx. 2.5 hours (replaceable battery) Approx. 3 hours

Source: Toyota

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