Toyota shows off its first battery electric pickup truck, but will it be sold in the US?
Toyota recently unveiled its first battery electric pickup truck – the Toyota bZ4X. This truck is part of a larger push from the automaker to move into the world of electric vehicles and away from those powered by gas. The question remains, however, whether the bZ4X will actually be sold in the US. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the Toyota bZ4X and what it could mean for consumers in the US if it were to be available here. We’ll also explore what other automakers are doing when it comes to electric pickups and how they compare to Toyota’s latest offering.
Toyota’s new electric pickup truck
Toyota showed off its first battery electric pickup truck at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The truck, called the FT-EV III, is a prototype of a vehicle that Toyota has been working on for some time.
The FT-EV III is based on the Toyota Tacoma, and it has a range of about 200 miles on a single charge. It’s not clear if Toyota plans to sell the truck in the US, but it could be a viable option for those who are looking for an electric pickup truck.
Why Toyota decided to make an electric pickup truck
As the world increasingly moves towards electric vehicles, Toyota has been one of the holdouts. However, they’ve finally decided to jump on the bandwagon with their new electric pickup truck.
There are a few reasons why Toyota decided to make an electric pickup truck. Firstly, electric vehicles are becoming more popular and acceptable to the general public. Secondly, electric vehicles have much lower emissions than gas-powered cars, which is important to Toyota as they try to position themselves as a green company.
Lastly, electric vehicles are simply more efficient than gas-powered cars. They require less maintenance and are cheaper to operate in the long run. With all these factors considered, it’s no wonder Toyota has decided to enter the electric vehicle market with their new pickup truck.
Whether or not the electric pickup truck will be sold in the US
It’s no secret that Toyota has been working on an electric pickup truck. The Japanese automaker has been testing prototypes for years, and even showed off a concept version of the truck at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. But it’s still not clear if Toyota will actually sell the electric pickup truck in the United States.
There are a few reasons why Toyota might not sell the truck in the US. First, electric vehicles are still a very small part of the overall automotive market, and pickup trucks make up a relatively small portion of that. So it might not make financial sense for Toyota to invest in selling the electric pickup truck in a market where it might not find many buyers.
Second, even if there is demand for an electric pickup truck in the US, it’s not clear if Toyota would be able to meet that demand. The company currently doesn’t have any manufacturing facilities in the US that could build an electric vehicle, so it would likely need to import the trucks from Japan (where they would be built at one of Toyota’s existing factories). That could add significant costs to the price of the truck, making it less competitive against other options on the market.
So far, Toyota hasn’t said anything publicly about whether or not it plans to sell the electric pickup truck in the US. But based on these factors, it seems unlikely that we’ll see this particular model hitting dealerships anytime soon.