Toyota has not said whether the Hilux Revo BEV concept will make it to market
December 14, 2022 at 20:05
by Brad Anderson
Toyota has unveiled an attractive all-electric pickup truck in Thailand, based around the current-generation Hilux and showcased at an event celebrating the brand’s 60th anniversary in the country.
The car is called Hilux Revo BEV Concept but unfortunately, the technical specifications about it are not known yet. What we can say for sure is that it is based around the combustion-powered Hilux but has undergone several styling changes to set it apart.
These changes are most visible at the front end where Toyota has designed a closed-off grille for the pickup and installed a prominent charging port in the passenger-side front quarter panel.
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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda gave a lengthy speech during the event in Thailand where the Hilux Revo BEV concept was launched. He did not say if or when the car would make a production model but reiterated his belief that Toyota can achieve carbon neutrality with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles.
“To achieve carbon neutrality, we must remember that carbon is the real enemy, not a specific powertrain,” Toyoda said. “And frankly, BEVs are not the only way to achieve the world’s carbon neutrality goals. At Toyota we believe in creating a complete portfolio of carbon reducing options for our customers from hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Also, we’re pursuing hydrogen fuel options like these GR-Yaris and GR-Corolla hydrogen powered concept cars. As we work to achieve a sustainable future, I also believe we need to take a holistic approach to carbon neutrality.”
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Toyoda added that at least some development for the electric Hilux was done in Thailand.
While you might not expect Toyota to debut an important vehicle like an electric pickup in Thailand, the truth is that the Southeast Asian country absolutely loves pickup trucks. In fact, the Isuzu D-Max is the best-selling new car in the country, ahead of the existing Toyota Hilux, Honda City, Toyota Yaris, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla.