Toyota Reveals Fleet of Electric Vehicles Including Pickup and Off-Road SUV

by Chris Haney
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On Tuesday, Toyota announced more than a dozen new all-electric vehicles, which are planned to join the company’s fleet of cars by 2025. The new offerings will include an all-electric pickup truck and multiple SUVs.

The Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer revealed their $70 billion plan to the world earlier this morning. Right now, many of the cars are still in the concept stage. However, some of the models will hit the market as early as next year.

For example, Toyota’s crossover-style SUV, the bZ4X, will be the first all-electric car from the company to launch in mid-2022. The Rav4-sized electric SUV will have a range of 250 miles per charge. It also features a standard front-wheel-drive powertrain with 201-horsepower and a 71.4 kWh battery pack.

In addition to the bZ4X, Toyota showed off a Tacoma-sized truck that is simply called the Pickup EV for now. It has a blanked-out grille, which is the only indication of its propulsion system.

Further, Toyota revealed an SUV called the Compact Cruiser EV. Off-road enthusiasts will recognize the model that obviously draws inspiration from the brand’s classic FJ40 Land Cruiser and FJ Cruiser. The Compact Cruiser EV is a boxy four-door SUV featuring fender flares and a large skid plate. Therefore the all-electric vehicle may have off-road capabilities as well.

There were several more concept cars on display in today’s unveiling in Japan. Yet not much is known about many of the electric vehicles. In fact, Toyota did not share any of the technical specifications for any of their new cars.

Toyota live-streamed the announcement earlier this morning, but you can watch the almost 2-hour event and see the all-electric fleet on display below.

Ford CEO Speaks About Rural Customers Adapting to Electric Vehicles

Similar to Toyota, Ford Motor Company is in the process of transitioning its vehicles to hybrid and electric-based automobiles. During a recent interview though, Ford CEO Jim Farley admitted that rural customers may not be ready to adapt to the all-electric change.

“We have a lot of rural customers at Ford that a lot of other brands don’t have,” Farley explained. “We have Super Duty customers who do heavy-duty towing: horse trailers, people in the energy business who are towing big-time loads over very long distances. It’s hard for me to imagine that all those customers will go electric in the next 10 years.”

Farley shared a baseball analogy to help explain why the transition from gas to electric vehicles can’t happen overnight. Automakers are in for the long haul since it will take time to implement.

“They’re actually as interested in the technology as anyone, it’s just their use case is different than how we’ve designed the vehicles so far. It does feel, at least for Ford, the transition’s happening faster than we thought. But again, it’s the first inning of a maybe nine-inning game.”

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