Toyota C+ pod is a RWD electric car with plastic body and 12 horsepower

Many people think electric vehicles can’t get any smaller than something like the Smart EQ ForTwo. However, there are quite a few EVs even more compact than the already pint-sized two-seater from Daimler. Relevant examples that spring to mind include the Renault Twizy and the Citroën Ami. Toyota is now dipping its toes into the zero-emissions microcar segment with the cutesy C+ pod for domestic market Japan.

The teeny-tiny EV seats only two people and delivers a whopping 12 horsepower and 56 Newton-meters (41 pound-feet) of torque to the rear wheels. Yes, the C+ pod is rear-wheel drive. How small is it? It’s only 2,490 millimeters (98 inches) long, 1,290 millimeters (50.8 inches) wide, and 1,550 millimeters (61 inches) tall, with a wheelbase measuring just 1,780 millimeters (70 inches). That makes it considerably shorter and narrower than a ForTwo while having just about the same height.

You might be thinking by now the C+ pod is barely drivable considering the ultra-low output delivered by the sole electric motor. However, that shouldn’t be the case considering the minuscule EV weighs only 690 kilograms (1,521 pounds) for the better-equipped trim level or 20 kg (44 lbs) less if you settle for the base model. Toyota quotes a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), which should be more than enough for city use.

Its small 9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives it a maximum range between charges of 150 kilometers (93 miles), but it’s important to point out that number is based on the local WLTC mode, Class 1 test cycle. The battery is mounted underneath the floor in front of the seat while the motor is mounted at the back.

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It takes about five hours to fully charge the battery through Single phase, 200V/16A, or approximately 16 hours if you’re using Single phase, 100V/16A. Despite being a no-frills electric vehicle, the C+ pod aims to deliver “high-quality riding comfort and brisk yet stable driving performance.”

Launched on Christmas day in Japan, the adorable C+ pod will initially have limited availability. Toyota will only sell it to corporate users, local governments, and “other organizations” at first prior to a full market launch programmed to take place in 2022. The new EV will be complemented by other electric mobility solutions, including the three-wheeler i-Road and walking area BEVs.

Riding on tiny 13-inch wheels, the Toyota C+ pod kicks off at 1,650,000 Japanese yen (about $16,000) for the base X model and rises to 1,716,000 Japanese yen ($16,600) for the G trim. It boasts LED headlights and LED rear combination taillights and uses plastic body panels to keep the weight low. It can be had with a choice between five two-tone exterior finishes as well as a trio of three-tone colors, all of which are combined with a black interior.

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Source: Toyota

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