Toyota in Australia has revealed a fully electric version of the Land Cruiser 70 Series bakkie.
The firm says the vehicle forms part of a “small-scale trial” that also involves Australia's “leading resources company”, BHP. The trial will take place at a BHP Nickel West mine in Western Australia.
Toyota Australia's product planning and development division in Port Melbourne converted the Land Cruiser 70 Series single-cab bakkie to a battery-electric vehicle.
The bakkie, which has furthermore been equipped for underground mine use, will “operate under full battery power and will not require any fuel to run”. The company has yet to reveal what sort of battery pack has been used nor the claimed range.
Matthew Callachor, Toyota Australia's president and CEO, said the trial was “another step” the Japanese firm was taking as part of its “bigger picture of a zero-emissions future”.
"BHP and Toyota have demonstrated a strong relationship throughout the last 20 years, and this project is a great testament to how we can both work together as leading companies in our respective industries to change the future," Callachor said.
Late in 2019, a Toyota executive in Australia hinted the company could turn to diesel-hybrid powertrains for use in vehicles such as the Hilux and Land Cruiser. A couple of months prior, he said there was “no doubt” the bakkies would be electrified at some point in the future.