Toyota has previously announced that it intends to produce an electric pickup truck in the future, and now we have more evidence that this model could be on its way.
This concept car, unveiled at Toyota’s presentation about its future electric vehicle plans, appears to be incredibly close to production and is exactly what you’d expect a Toyota EV truck to look like.
There was a lot of chatter about how Toyota is a leader in the space since it created the Prius 20 years ago. That’s not the first time we’ve heard it.
Instead, the company has been recognized with investments in hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid automobiles.
Toyota presently offers the Prius Prime PHEV with a range of 25 miles (with a new Zero Emission Driving mode) and the Rav4 Prime with a range of 40 miles.
While most automakers today consider battery-electric vehicles to be the technology that will clean up the industry, Toyota sees them as just one of several alternatives.
By 2030, the company plans to offer 30 different EV models. While there are several intriguing concept vehicles, the Tacoma-like electric truck is by far the most intriguing.
By 2025, Toyota plans to have roughly 15 distinct electric vehicles on the market, beginning with an EV pickup that may compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and the impending Ford F-150 Lightning. While Toyota did not refer to it as a “Tacoma EV” during the announcement, instead referring to it as an “EV Pickup Truck,” it’s clear that we’re looking at the next-generation Toyota Tacoma.
Toyota has already said that an electric pickup truck is in the works, and now we have more evidence that this vehicle could be on its way soon. The truck looks very similar to the existing Toyota Tacoma, but with minor alterations to fit the upcoming 2022 Tundra makeover, as well as a closed grill as this will be an electric vehicle.
We don’t know much about this Toyota concept electric truck right now, but the four-door crew cab design, off-road tires, and large fender flares point to a TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro variant. The overall design is a mix of the present Tacoma and the next Tundra.
It’s difficult to gauge the size, but it appears to be slightly larger than a regular Toyota Tacoma, implying that this EV might compete with the Rivian R1T electric truck. This might be the new Tacoma, and Toyota could sell it with both a standard ICE engine and an EV option for potential consumers, based on how production-ready the image above appears. But, once again, this is just conjecture.
Given the current state of the electric vehicle sector, we anticipate some major announcements from Toyota in 2022, including the appearance of an official electric truck. For the time being, we just have these teaser photographs.
Toyota unveiled roughly 30 distinct vehicles, including a new FJ Cruiser, sedans, SUVs, sportscars, CUVs, and more, all of which are either on the way or planned for the future.
The company also announced that it has increased its battery technology investment to over $17.6 billion, with the goal of selling 3.5 million electric vehicles globally by 2030. While all of this is fantastic, we’ll be keeping a watch on that Tacoma-like electric pickup.