Leading automotive manufacturers, Toyota, Daihatsu, and Suzuki have come together to develop prototype mini-commercial vans powered by all-electric powertrains. The electric vehicle (EV) prototypes are set to make their debut at an exhibition focused on the automotive industry’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The exhibition, organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), will take place from May 18 to 21, coinciding with the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
In an official release, it was stated that Toyota’s electrification technology played a crucial role in the development of these prototypes, with Suzuki and Daihatsu leveraging their expertise in manufacturing small-size cars. The prototypes, showcased in the provided images, are named the Suzuki Every, Daihatsu Hijet Cargo, and Toyota Pixis Van.
While each brand will release its own version of the vehicles in the fiscal year 2023, only Daihatsu will handle the manufacturing process. To ensure the mini-commercial vans have optimal specifications for efficient last-mile logistics, the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) also provided input during the development phase.
The estimated cruising range per charge for these vehicles is approximately 200 kilometers. However, further development is currently underway to ensure that the vans meet the specific requirements of customers in the delivery industry.
The collaborative effort between Toyota, Daihatsu, and Suzuki showcases the commitment of these automotive giants towards sustainable transportation solutions. By combining their respective strengths, they aim to contribute to the transition to electric mobility and reduce carbon emissions in the commercial vehicle segment.