Offering a range of 150 km, Toyota C + Pod will primarily be accessible to corporate users, local governments and other organizations working to increase the use of electric vehicles.
Toyota, one of the first manufacturers to come to mind when it comes to hybrid cars, launched its two-seat ‘ultra-compact’ battery-powered electric vehicle called C + pod to increase the popularity of electric vehicles.
According to the Toyota statement, the vehicle will be available primarily for corporate users, local governments and other organizations working to increase the use of the electric vehicle, currently in a limited number of Japan.
Toyota plans to do different studies, including new business models, in order to popularize electric vehicles. Currently, a limited number of C + pods will be available for sale to individual users as of 2022. With the new C + pod being used now, new services offered exclusively by electric vehicles have also been introduced.
The new C + pod is designed with two seats as a mobility option that increases energy efficiency per person. In addition, with the C + pod, corporate users are aimed to visit customers with short daily use. It also provides safe and environmentally friendly transportation for those living in urban or mountainous areas.
The vehicle, with a length of 2,490 mm, a width of 1,290 mm, a height of 1,550 mm and a wheelbase of 1,780 mm, has a turning circle of 3.9 meters. In this way, the C + pod, which can maneuver easily in a narrow space, can also travel 150 km on a single charge. The lithium-ion battery of the 2-person C + pod with a power of 9.06 kWh can be fully charged in 5 hours. It can also be used as a power source for up to 10 hours with the input in front of the C + pod. The C + pod, which can reach a maximum speed of 60 km / h, reaches a weight of 670 kilograms.
Toyota is expanding its product range and collaborating for new business models to popularize electric vehicles. In Japan, more than 200 corporate and local government collaborations with the C + pod, walking-speed electric vehicle (Walking Area BEV) and Toyota i-Road for the first time to experience new transportation models.
Introduced as a part of these collaborations, the C + pod stands out with new services specific to electric vehicles. With one of these services, Toyota Green Charge, access to CO2-free electricity is provided and the vehicle can be charged from this point. In addition, other services planned include activities that combine car sharing services with a tourist information service in order to encourage trips for tourists.