The idea stems from a concept presented years ago, where the Japanese brand presented a futuristic scooter with three wheels. Now it has become a reality, with a more viable design adjusted to real needs. The Toyota C + walkT is an electric scooter for people with mobility problems and to speed up movement in public spaces. In many respects, a successor to the now defunct Segway.
Toyota C + walkT comes with a 0.25 kW motor in the front wheel and allows speeds of up to 10 kilometers per hour. Of course, speed can be further limited when you are indoors or detect obstacles. Yes, the device is capable of detecting obstacles and providing visual and audible alerts to the user to avoid collisions.
The battery that powers this scooter is a removable lithium-ion battery. Has a autonomy of two and a half hours of normal use or 14 kilometers in total. Its overall size is just 70 cm high and 45 cm wide at its widest. As for the use it supports, it reaches up to 100 kilograms.
At the moment in Japan and for a very specific market
Available now for sale in Japanese stores, the Toyota C + walkT arrives for 341,000 yen, about 2,700 euros to change. It remains to be seen now if it leaves Japan and reaches more markets. It is a very niche vehicle and much less versatile than a normal electric scooter for the general user. On the other hand, its price also far exceeds the average of traditional electric scooters.
Of course, there are also options to rent them or buy them in series in order to place fleets in public spaces such as airports, events or pedestrian areas. It is in these environments that Segway succeeded the most with its mobility vehicles. However, Segway also succumbed and last year they announced that they were not going to make this type of vehicle anymore, the brand opted instead for electric scooters.
How it operates in public spaces is something that does not depend so much on Toyota as on the regulations of each place. It will depend on whether you are considered a scooter or not, whether you are allowed to ride on the sidewalk, on the street itself, or indoors.
Far from staying here, Toyota is also developing a model with integrated seat and another to attach chairs for the disabled directly. These two models are still in development, although they share the front design and parts of the Toyota C + walkT.
Via | Toyota