The two-seat electric car Toyota C + pod has become available to everyone, the press service of the Japanese company reports. Previously, only municipal services or corporate clients could buy a tiny car. The C + pod went on sale a year ago, and Toyota says it was well received by customers, especially for its ease of use, environmental friendliness, and a complete set of security systems that fit in a small package.
The C + pod, designed for short trips, is smaller in dimensions than the Smart ForTwo: it reaches only 2490 millimeters in length, and 1290 and 1550 millimeters in width and height, respectively. The body structure is steel, but all panels are made of plastic, so the C + pod weighs only 670 kilograms in the minimum configuration.
In the cabin, devoid of a central tunnel to save space, there is a monochrome display, and a panel with physical buttons is responsible for controlling various functions and driving modes. Air conditioning and even electric windows are not provided in the “base”.
The electric car is driven by a motor located at the rear, the maximum output of which is 12.5 horsepower (56 Nm of torque). It is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 9.06 kilowatt-hours, providing a power reserve of up to 150 kilometers. The battery is small, but it takes five to 16 hours to fully charge it.
The starting price of the Toyota C + pod in Japan is 1,650,000 yen, or $ 14,400 at current exchange rates, and is offered on lease only. The top city car costs 1,716,000 yen ($ 15,000).
In mid-December, Toyota launched sales of the bZ4X electric car, made in cooperation with Subaru, in the UK, and next year a small and affordable electric sedan will join the brand’s green lineup: Chinese from BYD will help in its development. By 2030, the Japanese brand, which has long avoided general electrification, plans to produce 16 battery-powered cars.