Toyota's newest EV is perfect for Metro Manila amid the pandemic

Updated Jan 08, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This small EV can zip through tight city roads with ease.

Toyota Motor Corporation introduced a new environmentally –friendly car that we think will do well on the streets of Metro Manila amid the pandemic. It's called the "C+pod" and it is classed as an ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV).

Why is it perfect for the streets of the capital and during the pandemic? Well, it is a known fact that heavy traffic has surged nowadays due to compounding reasons. One of those reasons is that many motorists are forced to seek alternative routes to reach their desired destinations due to the closure of the u-turn slots on EDSA.

A picture of a blue Toyota C+pod

Behold! The Toyota Toyota C+pod

Some of these roads, however, can be tight. As such, a car like a two-seater C+pod, with its compact size and energy-efficient battery, can deal with our current local traffic situation with ease.

Can it do long trips? Now here’s the caveat to this cute and tiny little car. According to Toyota, this vehicle was primarily designed for short-distance daily use. That means city workers who need to commute, corporate employees who need to visit clients, urban dwellers, and even as a transport within mountainous communities. So, while it does have torque since it's an EV, we’re guessing that it doesn’t have the same battery life as larger electric vehicles.

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A picture of the side of the Toyota C Plus POD

Its 12 horsepower and 56 Nm of torque is more than enough for driving in the city

Another thing about this new BEV is that it's exclusive to the Japanese domestic market, and it's actually a limited launch. So, no, we won’t be seeing this car getting a global launch anytime soon.

The new Toyota C+pod is a part of the Japanese car maker’s drive to expand its product lineup. In its home country, it focuses initially on the BEV in question. Other than that, there’s also the Toyota I-Road, as well as the Walking Area BEVs.

Toyota Motor Corporation’s launch of the new C+pod also introduces the Toyota Green Charge. This new project is a collaborative effort between Toyota and Chubu Electric Power Miraiz Co., Inc., to provide easier access for corporations to operate and use electric-powered vehicles.

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A picture of the interior of the Toyota C Pod Plus

It's also equipped with an Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes among others

As we’ve said before in a previous opinion article about electric cars, it is possible that the only effective way to implement mass use of these kinds of transport is through tight partnerships between numerous other corporations and the government.

That said, the introduction of the C+pod BEV clearly shows that Toyota is willing and ready to connect to concerned entities to share the benefits of electric vehicles to the world.

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<p>Toyota leads the local automobile industry, distributed by Toyota Motor Philippines. It has a staggering total of 73 dealerships all over the country. It has 27 dealerships in Luzon, 15 in the Visayas, 11 in Mindanao, and 20 in Metro Manila, including Lexus Manila, Inc. for its service centers and sales distribution. TMP has the most extensive car lineup in the country, with its current range consisting of 20 vehicles in total. See the latest price list of Toyota vehicles in the Philippines here.</p>

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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