Toyota Kayoibako concept, the versatile electric vehicle at Japan Mobility Show

Standing out among the numerous prototypes that its manufacturer will bring to the Tokyo Motor Show is the Toyota Kayoibako concept, a modular electric all-rounder, with typically Japanese shapes and concepts that lend themselves to multiple uses.

The Tokyo Motor Show will begin on October 26, 2023, and it is on this day that the Japanese giant will reveal all the details of this concept. But even from the teaser images published on the brand’s official global website, we can learn about its configuration and customization possibilities.

Toyota Kayoibako presents the van of the future

If we look at the shapes and style, it almost feels like we’re looking at the ice cream vans or street food trucks that characterize many Japanese anime, a sign of how widespread they are not only in the narrow streets of the vast capital but also in the countryside and more remote places.

Toyota Kayoibako
Image: Toyota

But Toyota combines tradition with modernity and technology, equipping the Toyota Kayoibako with spacious and versatile interiors, even for people with mobility difficulties. What’s interesting is that it has a single-seat configuration at its core, to be adapted for the intended use of the vehicle.

Toyota Kayoibako
Image: Toyota

So, the Kayoibako can become a minivan for passenger transport, a commercial vehicle for a small business, an adapted vehicle for transporting people with disabilities, or even a camper for nature enthusiasts.

Toyota Kayoibako
Image: Toyota

This is made possible by a system of floor and wall mounts for attaching modules that allow for customization.

Toyota Kayoibako
Image: Toyota

All of this in dimensions comparable to those of a Yaris: the Toyota Kayoibako is just 3.99 meters in length, 1.85 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.8 meters that places the small wheels at the ends and minimizes overhangs, resulting in a boxy design. The interior space is 3.13 meters long and 1.44 meters wide, with a flat floor made possible by its electric nature.

Toyota Kayoibako
Image: Toyota

And then there’s the technological component. The transparent dashboard is adorned with a single screen that spans the entire dashboard, and the steering wheel resembles a joystick. The narrow rear window and sliding doors create a futuristic touch, and in general, there is a very captivating cyberpunk aesthetic. We will learn more details about its performance and other uses, as well as its actual production in series, at the Tokyo Motor Show

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