Toyota tests the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford F-150 Lightning
In October, Toyota released an electric Ford Maverick-sized electric truck concept at the Japan Mobility Show, signaling one could be on the way.
Toyota has been “secretly” developing its midsize EPU (Electric PickUp) all-electric truck for three years.
At 200″ long, 75″ wide, and 67″ tall, the EPU is roughly the same size as Ford’s Maverick (200″ X 72″ X 69″). Like Ford’s Maverick, the EPU is lower to the ground for improved handling.
It includes an extra deep 4.5 ft bed that can extend up to 6 ft. With a rear cabin wall that can fold, the electric truck provides up to 8 ft of hauling space.
You can see the EPU is designed for a different buyer than the Tacoma. Toyota’s Electric PickUp concept design is reminiscent of the Ram 1500 REV with a wide, bold front end. Like Ram’s EV concept, the Toyota electric pickup concept includes a passthrough beneath the center console for hauling longer items (up to 12 ft).
Sources within Toyota’s product development team say the full-size pickups are being tested at two US campuses with a “healthy cross-section” of departments.
Toyota only has one all-electric vehicle on sale in the US right now, the bZ4X electric SUV. The 2024 Toyota bZ4X model starts at $43,070 (not including $1,350 DPH fee) with up to 252 miles range.
The automaker has also revealed plans to produce its first three-row electric SUV in the US. Toyota announced a $1.3 billion investment earlier this week to upgrade its Kentucky plant for EV production.
What do you guys think? Should Toyota launch an all-electric full-size pickup to rival the Tesla Cybertruck and F-150 Lightning? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.