Is This Cute Runabout Really the New Toyota Electric Truck?
Take one look at the new Toyota Hilux Revo BEV Concept truck, and it’s pretty clear that it’s not a Tacoma or a Tundra. But it is all electric. Many of us are waiting for a new all-electric Tacoma or Tundra to compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Silverado EV, but this little Hilux will certainly not be that truck. However it does show that, no matter how averse Toyota seems to making an EV pickup, it’s actually making an EV Pickup, even if it is for Southeast Asia.
The new Hilux Revo Concept isn’t for the U.S. market.
The new Hilux Revo Concept was unveiled at an event in Thailand celebrating 60 years of Toyota making and selling cars and trucks there. Basically, it’s a single-cab three-seat city runabout concept that will be produced. It will be Toyota’s first all-electric truck when it launches in late 2023 or early 2024, according to Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who announced the HiLux Revo Concept.
The new details on range, power, or towing ability were not released. Southeast Asia’s Toyota Hilux trucks have either a 201-horsepower gas engine or a small diesel. They’re not the luxurious powerhouses that the company makes for the U.S. market in comparison, like the Tacoma and Tundra, but they get the job done. In this truck’s case, it looks like a regular Hilux, but with a charge port and an EV-specific grille.
Toyoda is taking a realistic approach to building EVs.
Toyoda said in his remarks that he’s not sure that an all-electric lineup in Toyota’s immediate future. He also said the company continues to explore other engine types, including hydrogen.
“I believe we need to be realistic about when society will be able to fully adopt Battery Electric Vehicles and when our infrastructure can support them at scale,” Toyoda said at the event. He said Toyota is also focusing on other ways to reduce its carbon footprint, including exploring hydrogen options.
Will there be a new electric Toyota Tacoma truck soon?
Though this video isn’t in English, it does show some great views of the new Toyota electric truck for Southeast Asia.
Many of us are expecting Toyota to produce a new electric version of the Tacoma or Tundra soon. America’s big three, Ram, Ford and General Motors, all have released or will release new EV trucks soon. The F-150 Lightning has caught on and is a sales hit for Ford. Chevy and GMC are seeing orders ramp up for their Silverado EV and Sierra EV trucks, while Ram is expected to show its new Revolution EV Truck early in 2023.
A new electric Tacoma has been previewed, but that truck is still likely years away as Toyota charts its EV future in the U.S. Toyota’s Tacoma truck and 4Runner SUV are aging. They’re still fine trucks, but it looks like Toyota is aiming to build an EV version of a truck soon. The company hasn’t said much, and it might not even be a Tacoma but instead something that is between its mid-sized Tacoma and full-sized Tundra trucks.