This should set an example to governments and companies across the world, which could easily replace unnecessarily big and inefficient ICE-powered vehicles with such compact and ultra-efficient mobility solutions for short-distance traveling.
The C+pod is just 2.5-meter (8.2-feet) long, 1.2-m (3.9-ft) wide, and 1.5-m (4.9-ft) tall. It also has a minimum turning radius of 3.9 m (8.2 feet), making it extremely maneuverable and easy to park in crowded urban environments.
It uses a 9.06 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a cruising range of up to 150 km (93 miles) according to the WLTC test cycle and can be charged in approximately five hours using a 200V/16A charger. The battery is integrated into the chassis and mounted under the vehicle’s floor to provide more interior space.
The C+pod’s cabin has a width of 1.1 m (3.6 ft), which can comfortably fit two adults. It features a digital instrument panel positioned above a white center tray that contrasts the blacked-out interior and creates a feeling of size that exceeds its actual dimensions.
It also comes with a pre-collision warning system as standard that detects other vehicles and pedestrians even at night. This is complemented by Toyota’s Intelligent Clearance Sonar system with Parking Support Brakes that helps avoid collisions with walls and other obstacles during low-speed operation, minimizing damage.
Another surprising feature that you would not expect to find in such a minuscule vehicle is an external power supply system that can provide up to 1,500 W of energy during power outages and natural disasters. Even though it's smaller than most UTV’s, the new Toyota C+pod is a fully road-legal car that can transform traffic in many major cities.
For the moment, it is only available in Japan for a starting price of 1,650,000 yen, which is the equivalent of $16,000. Car sharing programs, low-volume delivery services, and daily commuters all around the world can benefit from the use of such compact EVs that are cheaper, more efficient, environmentally friendly, and easy to use. Here's hoping that the Japanese manufacturer considers making the C+pod available globally.