Toyota i-Road EV Will Begin New Sharing Service in Tokyo

Toyota i-Road EV 1 photo
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Along with London, Tokyo is trying hard to become one of the greenest capital cities in the world. But since this is Japan we’re talking about, you won’t see any Metrocab electric cars. Instead, the sharing service will use a fleet of three-wheeled Toyota i-Road EVs.
Good news for the green movement supporters as Toyota Motor Corporation is extending its electric arm in Tokyo, in a partnership with Park24. The goal is to trial a car sharing service in central Tokyo in an attempt to get more info on how will the public react to this type of mobility system.

It is quite similar to Toyota’s i-Road car-sharing program started in Grenoble last October, but this time users will make reservations via an online dedicated page, instead of using an app to select and pay for an i-Road that will take them to the desired destination.

Speaking of payments, the service will cost 412 yen per unit of 15 minutes but the maximum usage period is limited to two and a half hours. The program focuses mainly on one-way transportation to various places of interest like commercial facilities and sightseeing locations.

The concept is as simple as ABC: users will have to pick up their reserved i-Road from the Times Station at Yurakucho ITOCiA and have the option of dropping them off once they finished the eco-friendly joy ride to five different locations: Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Odaiba Palette Town, Tokyo Dome City or back where they took them in the first place, at Yurakucho ITOCiA.

For now, only five vehicles will take part in this trial lasting from April 10 to September 30, but if the project will generate good feedback from the public, Toyota will most likely have more in the back for the near future.
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