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October 18, 2023

Toyota Reveals EV Version Of Hiace

Toyota is slowly but surely electrifying its entire commercial vehicle line. After showing off a battery electric vehicle concept of the Hilux and the Innova, it’s now the Hiace’s time to get powered by electrons.

Set to be unveiled to the world at the Japan Mobility Show, the Global Hiace BEV, while currently labeled as a concept, is set to be a production model either based on the current diesel version, or as an all-new dedicated EV.

Based on the Hiace launched in 2019, the Global Hiace BEV features a modified front fascia with a closed off grille and headlights reminiscent of the current-generation Prius and Crown.

Inside, the concept gets a large portrait-style infotainment system running some new-generation software, a digital instrument cluster, and a rotary-dial shifter seemingly nicked from the bZ4X.

The Global Hiace BEV Concept is based on the long wheelbase version of the latest Hiace, measuring 5,280 mm long, 1,950 mm wide, and 1,990 mm tall. It has a 3,210 mm wheelbase. Its single-seat configuration means being able to accommodate items up to 3.5 meters long. Meanwhile, its cargo hold measures 1,715 mm wide and 1,270 mm tall.

The concept will make its physical debut at the Japan Mobility Show where it will be displayed not at Toyota’s main booth but at its subsidiary, Toyota Auto Body which operates the factory where the combustion engine version of the Hiace is built.

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