Tiny Toyota C+pod EV Goes On Sale In Japan For The General Public

Just one calendar year ago, Toyota unveiled the C+pod ultra-compact battery electrical vehicle in Japan, but the common public could not buy it. 

Considering the fact that then, the mini EV has been presented exclusively to corporate users, local governments and other companies. That adjustments now as Toyota has built the C+pod available to non-public clients as well.

As of December 23, associates of the basic community can buy the C+pod, which is offered with selling prices as low as 1,650,000 yen—the equal of $14,375.

Japanese buyers will not be in a position to acquire the Toyota C+pod outright, while the car will be supplied solely by way of lease contracts from Toyota vehicle sellers and Toyota Rental & Lease Companies all over Japan.

The automaker states the lease agreement allows everyday C+pod use though also “making certain complete motor vehicle selection with proactive 3R (reduce, re-use, recycle) initiatives for the onboard batteries.” This is portion of Toyota’s aim of achieving a carbon neutral mobility culture.

The C+pod is a two-seater BEV with an ultra-lower footprint. It measures 2,490 millimeters (98 inches) in size, 1,290 mm (50.8 in) in width, and 1,550 mm (61 in) in top, which means it is about 200 mm (7.9 in) shorter and 370 mm (14.5 in) narrower than a Good EQ Fortwo.

The mini EV is driven by a 9.06 kWh lithium-ion battery enabling a driving range of 150 kilometers (93 miles)—calculated excluding freeway driving. With a top rated pace of 60 km/h (37 mph), the C+pod is definitely not developed to push on highways. The EV options a rear-mounted permanent magnet electric motor with a peak output of 9.2 kW (2.6 kW continual) and 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) of torque.

Toyota states the C+pod has been created as a mobility selection for a diverse group of everyday people who routinely vacation brief distances with couple of travellers. This may consist of youthful, solitary new motorists, or more mature people today who may possibly be anxious about driving.

According to Toyota, the C+pod has been nicely been given by prospects who have used it, especially for its “relieve of managing, environmental friendliness, and full range of safety and protection features in spite of its ultra-compact physique.

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