TOKYO — Toyota is putting a tiny electric car or truck on the roads of Japan with an modern style and design for dealing with the country’s slender, winding streets and city commuting desires.
The C+Pod, launched Dec. twenty five, measures just eight ft, two inches very long and four ft, 3 inches extensive, delivering an ultratight turning radius of twelve ft, 10 inches.
The diminutive proportions allow great navigation of the sharp corners and slender streets that vein the house country’s road community. The C+Pod is even narrower and shorter than the common super-compact minicars that make up 37 % of the regional market place.
The C+Pod — pronounced C Pod, without the additionally — also represents a comeback for Toyota. It is the automaker’s initial electric car for Japan because it discontinued the shorter-lived eQ, a battery-driven model of the Scion iQ 3-seat minicar.
The new entry is aspect of Toyota’s gambit to get again into the EV video game with a lineup of 10 EVs throughout the world in the early 2020s. Right now, Toyota’s throughout the world electric offerings are restricted to the C+Pod in Japan, the Toyota C-HR and Izoa crossovers in China and the Lexus UX compact crossover in China, Japan, Europe, Thailand and Indonesia.
Among the the engineering tricks on the C+Pod is the use of plastic system panels to minimize weight and lengthen the car’s array. The pint-sizing pod will come in at just one,521 lbs ..
It also supports conventional charging direct from home stores, using five several hours to entirely recharge at two hundred volts, or sixteen several hours at one hundred volts. That allows right away charging for everyday organization use or 1 charge a 7 days for far more restricted use.