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Now that's a solution for big luggages: Toyota Hilux EV will demo as share taxis in Thailand, development progresses

Sanjay · Oct 13, 2023 09:37 AM

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Your next trip to Thailand could see you hopping on a unique transport and it's not the scattered tuk-tuks – it may very well be the battery-electric Toyota Hilux BEV that will ferry you and yours around the Land of Smiles.

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Toyota Motor Thailand will be assembling a demonstration fleet of the Hilux BEV to be used as share taxis for use within the country, as further real-world tests commence. However when exactly this will happen hasn't been disclosed just yet.

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Also read: This is the all-electric Toyota Hilux Revo BEV Concept

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This is how it'd look like as a share taxi

'Share taxis' are slightly different from conventional taxis or ride-sharing vehicles. They usually only get moving when it's full, ferrying passengers on a linear or sometimes non-fixed routes.

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Almost no differences compared to the regular Hilux, save for the gear selector and gauges

This new development comes after the city-focused Hilux BEV concept was lent to Toyota Australia recently, in which its local engineers and industry partners were given an opportunity to evaluate the prototype.

Also read: Meet the zero emissions Toyota Hilux hydrogen FCEV prototype; uses Mirai powertrain, up to 600 km on a single tank

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Powered by Toyota's EV-related technologies, the Hilux BEV was first unveiled by Chairman Akio Toyoda himself in Thailand late last year, alongside the modular Toyota IMV0 small pick-up truck concept.

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Hilux MHEV in Kenya

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Hilux FCEV in the UK

The Hilux BEV Concept is just another sample of Toyota's multi-pathway solution to carbon neutral motoring, and represents one segment of the available powertrain options. Earlier this year, Toyota showcased the hydrogen-fuel cell Hilux (FCEV) in the UK, and a mild-hybrid Hilux (MHEV) in Kenya – the latter slated for production beginning 2024.

Also read: Rally-proven upgrades confirmed 2024 Toyota Hilux - to feature 48V MHEV next year

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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