Toyota Doesn’t Make a Tacoma EV yet It Scored Second in This Survey
We don’t know what to make of this. For an annual truck survey respondents were to pick their favorite of the new crop of EV pickup trucks. First place went to the Ford F-150 Lightning. That’s a good choice. But the second place went to the Toyota Tacoma EV. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. Toyota doesn’t make an all-electric Tacoma pickup.
What site conducted the EV truck survey?
Autolist conducted a survey for the most popular EV truck. Of those who voted, almost a quarter chose the Lightning. Then, 20 percent ranked the Tacoma EV as their top electric truck pick, placing it in the second spot. While we know the Lightning has really gotten a head start for EV pickups, and deservedly so, what’s up with number two?
A year ago, Toyota showed a preview of 10 or 12 electric vehicles it planned on releasing at some point. One of them was an electric Tacoma. You could tell because it was a Tacoma, but with a blanked-out fascia. Toyota gave no details on them, nor has it revealed much since the December 2021 video.
This is the second year that the Tacoma received the second-best EV pickup on the Autolist survey. What should we make of this? For one thing, enthusiasts think Toyota has an electric truck. And enthusiasts are preconditioned to like it. So Toyota, what are you waiting for?
Which group ranked the nonexistent Toyota Tacoma EV the best?
According to the breakdown of respondents, millennials gave the Tacoma EV (which doesn’t exist) the highest ranking. For non-truck owners, it also ranked the highest. For baby boomers and Gen Z, it was the Lightning that ranked highest. Generation Z respondents ranked the Tesla Cybertruck the highest, which is another EV pickup that doesn’t exist but should by now.
We know that Toyota is planning on adding an electric Tacoma in 2024. Note, we say “planning.” With supply chain issues and the like, that year is only a loose approximation. It is unknown if Toyota plans on creating an entirely unique electric Tacoma, or if it will create an entirely new platform for it but use the 2023 body panels. Or, it might adapt the existing gas-powered chassis somehow.
When will there be an actual electric Tacoma?
We expect that a Tacoma EV will see at least 200 miles of range, with a towing capacity that meets or exceeds its gas-powered siblings. From a styling perspective, we expect the new 2023 body panels to be utilized for the EV version. But expect a closed-off front fascia with a few other aero aids to increase range.
Interiors should be very similar, with the Tacoma EV possibly having a larger screen. We expect the base price to hover around $50,000 or more. In all, Toyota should anticipate brisk sales based on this Autolist survey alone. But it needs to hurry up to wedge itself into the category, as other companies are slowly closing in the gap.