Toyota, Suzuki and Daihatsu Partner to Build ‘Electric Pickup Truck’

    Japanese giants Toyota, Suzuki, Daihatsu and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies have agreed to collaborate to produce an electric commercial pickup truck for next year.

    One of the most popular topics in the automotive industry in recent years is electric vehicles and the mass production of these vehicles. Although automobiles are considered first when it comes to electric vehicles, there is also a feverish work, especially for public transportation and logistics vehicles.

    The Japanese giants, who do not want to stay behind the competition in this market, have now joined forces to produce electric light commercial vans. The group led by Toyota includes Suzuki, Daihatsu and CJPT (Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies). 

    Great partnership for the light commercial van!

    Suzuki and Daihatsu, companies that rolled up their sleeves for the new vehicle, will use their knowledge in producing small vehicles. Toyota will support the electric power unit and power system required for this vehicle. CJPT will deploy its expertise for the vehicle’s energy management systems. Thus, this vehicle of Japanese origin will enter our lives at a much more affordable price than its competitors in the market.

    In a statement from Toyota, it was announced that fuel cell electronic vehicles will be used for social projects to be held in Fukushima Prefecture in Tokyo. The company also announced that they are developing light commercial vehicles powered by fuel cells. He stated that CJPT, Hino Motors and Isuzu also worked with them on this project.

    From the perspective of Toyota, we see that these studies are planned as part of the company’s plans to become carbon neutral. Thanks to the new light electric pickup truck, medium-distance transportation will be possible, and evacuation procedures will be facilitated in case of natural disasters. Thus, carbon emissions will be significantly reduced.

    In the first phase of the project, distribution will be made to supermarkets and chains. The vehicles will be connected to each other by an energy management network. All pickup trucks will try to find the most efficient drive by using each other’s information such as location, traffic, battery status, and station location.

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