Toyota C+pod – details of new two-seat electric car

Toyota C+pod

The Toyota C+pod is our new ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV), a two-seat mobility solution designed primarily for short-distance journeys in urban environments.

Launched at the end of 2020, the C+pod is initially being trialled by corporate users and local governments in Japan, with full-scale production and widespread availability for individual customers scheduled by 2022.

C+pod

The Toyota C+pod is being produced at Motomachi, the high-tech plant that also produces the new GR Yaris hot hatch and hydrogen fuel cell Mirai.

What is the Toyota C+pod?

The C+pod is now the most city-friendly and manoeuvrable car in Toyota’s global line-up, measuring just 2,490mm long, 1,290mm wide and 1,550mm tall, with a turning radius of 3.9 metres. As a reference, the current Toyota Aygo is 3,455mm, 1,615mm and 1,460mm respectively, and has a turning radius of 5.1 metres.

C+pod

Powered by a 9.06kWh lithium-ion battery located under the floor, the rigid yet lightweight body offers a flat, easily accessible interior without a sill to climb over. A rear-mounted permanent magnet electric motor powers the rear wheels, its rated output of 2.6kW (9.2kW max) delivering brisk yet stable driving performance with a cruising range of up to 150km and a maximum speed of 60km/h.

C+pod

Charging convenience

The C+pod is designed for convenient home-charging through a standard wall plug. A full charge can be administered in as little as five hours through a single phase 200V/16A power supply. But the vehicle can also be used as its own power source (see below), supplying up to 1,500W to support electrical devices during power cuts or natural disasters.

C+pod

Toyota C+pod: design

Modern, friendly and simple in design, the C+pod is unmistakably a BEV yet is styled to retain many of the familiar cues of a city car. The exterior panels are made of plastic to help reduce weight (C+pod is approximately half the weight of an Aygo) and can be specified in a number of contrasting colour schemes, while the interior is predominantly black with a white accent panel around the instrument cluster.

C+pod

The interior measures 1,100mm across and provides simple accommodation for two adults sat side-by-side. Although this represents 200mm less wiggle room than that available in an Aygo, the uncluttered layout and flat, transmission-free floor creates a feeling of space that belies the car’s physical dimensions. All switches and drive controls are consolidated into the dashboard’s centre console.

Safety equipment

Though small in size, the C+pod offers exceptional passenger safety – equivalent to that of a modern city car. Its body structure efficiently absorbs and disperses impact energy from all sides, while its outer body panels are designed to minimise pedestrian injury.

C+pod

A full range of equipment is installed to support safe driving. This includes a standard pre-collision safety system that can identify vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, plus intelligent clearance sonars linked to the brakes to help mitigate collisions with stationary objects during low-speed manoeuvers.

Learn more: Toyota reveals ultra-compact BEV range

8 comments

  1. As silly as it seems, this would be the perfect 2nd car for most of us in the UK!!

    I have 30 minute walk to and from my local rail station, that’s fine in Spring/Summer but not so great in Winter or when its raining!

    The ability to rent/lease something like this for a fairly small monthly outlay would be perfect for me and far safer than riding a bike….

  2. I happily second Bryan’s comments, but from a different perspective. I moved to France with an elderly long-distance cruising car (Lexus GS) so, instead of replacing the bike or walking five miles each way in the winter rain for a baguette or a 15-mile round trip to a pharmacy, an electric car for two makes economic and environmental sense. This Toyota design has the attraction of clearly being a Toyota unlike more bizarre but available alternatives. From where I live on the rolling edge of the Pyrenees it was fascinating to read the statement from Japan that it could be useable in urban or “mountain” areas even if that just means hilly.

  3. Small footprint cars make a lot of sense – not only for ease of parking – but also for access to
    charging points. It’s good to see a very distinctive design. A similar approach with the Mini in the 50’s
    made it car for all classes.
    My last car was an Aygo and it was fun to drive.

    1. Hi Owen,
      Thanks for your kind words. We’re glad to hear that you loved your Aygo!
      What are you driving now?
      Thanks.

      1. I’ve retired from driving (old age!) My Aygo was bought by a Dad whose daughter has gone
        to Uni.. That made me feel great, but I still have a current Licence which is a used for ID
        purposes only… how boring is that.
        I am pleased to see Honda performing in F1 (Red Bull) and having an interest in EV’s
        as well as H2. and presumably in Bio fuels in next years F1
        Best wishes
        Owen

  4. Good Morning Toyota UK

    The C+pod would be my ideal next car, as it covers 95% of my journey needs.

    Any news on when it will be imported to the UK?

    Thanks

    Gavin

    1. Hi Gavin,

      Thanks for your interest in the C+pod. Unfortunately we have no information on this. We’ll make any new product announcements on here and on our social media channels so keep your eyes peeled.

      Thanks

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