We’ve seen a number of leaning 3 wheelers on The Kneeslider, the factory rides like the Piaggio MP3, the now defunct Carver and the never produced Harley Davidson Penster along with home engineered examples like Jim Harrell’s Harley TRT. But if Toyota decides to jump into the leaning 3 wheeler market, we may see a whole fleet of these little pod like trikes cruising through urban areas where the trendy riders congregate.
Toyota unveiled their electric i-Road concept for the Geneva International Motor Show. It’s a 2 seater and encloses the riders while rushing down the road at 28 mph to their destination that needs to be somewhere short of 31 miles or they’ll be stopping to stretch their legs waiting for a recharge.
Its selling points are quiet zero emission travel in a tiny easy to park package, but with the limited speed and range it’s going to be a rather limited market as well.
This looks like another indication that manufacturers are examining the whole personal mobility sector and not just cars, trucks or motorcycles where they may have focused before. Well, it’s a start.