Aisin reveals details about new unit for ToyotaJanuary 14, 2021
At the end of 2020, the speedme.ru edition wrote about a two-seat subcompact Toyota C + Pod electric car for car sharing. It received units from the Japanese engineering company Aisin Seiki, which is part of Toyota Motor and is known primarily for its automatic transmissions. Aisin elaborated on the new powertrain specially designed for the C + Pod.
Recall that the length of the electric car is only 2490 mm, it is more compact than the Smart Fortwo. The motor is installed at the rear and drives the rear axle. Power – only 9.2 kW (13 hp), torque – 56 Nm. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 9.06 kWh, the power reserve on one charge reaches 150 km. It takes 5 hours to replenish energy from 0 to 100%, in addition, the car itself can serve as a source of energy for external devices: for this there is an outlet under the driver’s seat, the operating time for distributing electricity is up to 10 hours.
As the basis for the C + Pod electric motor, Aisin took the electric all-wheel drive unit from the E-Four modifications of some Toyota hybrids, including a number of Prius versions. But not without changes. Electric rear-wheel drive hybrid models use an induction motor (no permanent magnet). At the same time, permanent magnet synchronous is chosen for C + Pod.
In addition, the gearing has changed to achieve a compact layout, which is especially important in the case of an electric vehicle as small as the Toyota C + Pod.
By the way, on April 1, 2021, Aisin Seiki will change its official name to Aisin Corporation.
Toyota C + Pod has already begun to be sold in Japan, but so far in a limited format – only for corporate clients and municipalities, the price is 1,650,000-1,716,000 yen. From 2022, anyone can buy this model, including individuals.
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