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Electric-powered HiLux within six years: confirmed by Toyota

As the pre-election mudslinging ramps up between the two major political parties, Toyota have confirmed we will have an electric-powered HiLux within six years.

To lay the scene, Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor has said the opposition Labor government want to ‘end the weekend’, and leave ‘HiLux drivers stranded’, with their introduction of 50 percent electric vehicles by 2030. We’ll not get too involved with the statements of either side, especially as most are being said in an attempt to scare voters, however Toyota have poked more than a few holes in what the Liberal Minister has stated about the Labor government trying to kill the Aussie favourite, Toyota HiLux.

Toyota aims to sell some 5.5 million electric vehicles annually by 2030, and offer an electrified version of all its models by 2025. In a statement released by Toyota Australia, the company has confirmed they are on track to hit this target. The most important part, is that this includes the Toyota HiLux.

“Toyota has a global ambition of zero CO2 emissions from sites and vehicles by 2050 and Toyota Australia is part of that mission,” the statement said. Beyond the statement, we have no details on the electric HiLux, except that it is absolutely coming.

Despite the continual ‘naysayers’ on the electric vehicle front, technology is nevertheless pushing ahead, and moving away from fossil fuels. A great deal of interest has been shown recently in new technology ‘super-capacitors’ that will allow much faster charging, and recuperation of energy with regenerative braking.

Indeed, charging times are currently as low as eight minutes for some current-release EVs at power charging stations, which are becoming popular across the country’s coast (ABB and Tritium are two companies behind the super-fast chargers). Queensland itself has an Electric Super Highway with charging points every 200 or so kilometres all the way up the coast from Toowoomba to Cairns. At this stage, they offer up to 50kW chargers, which can recharge a vehicle within about an hour.

Still, to power the EVs, there remains the requirement for coal-fired power stations; however, renewable energy in the form of solar and wind turbines continues to grow every year.

On paper the idea sounds great, especially with the torque and power figures coming from manufacturers of electric vehicles, however we will have to wait and see if the industry can hit the fabled 1000km range mark before a lot of the naysayers will eat their hat.

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  • Would someone please calculate how big the total electricity grid needs to be (coal, solar, or wind) if all of today’s liquid fuels had to come from electricity. Placing recharging points in the Simpson Desert might be easy to do in comparison.

    Tapping into lines running to all capital cities from a 50km x 50km solar array in central Australia???

  • Is this vehicle going to be able to tow my 3.5 tonne caravan and for how may kms?
    Also what happens when we run out of power in the middle of the Simpson desert or on top of a hill I. The middle of no-where? Cant just pour in a jerry can of fuel!

  • WATO

    The government makes millions of dollars / year in fuel excise. Somehow they are going to find alternative ways of taxing the motorist, so if you think electric cars are going to be any cheaper to run than the normal fuel users, better think again.

    • Electric Vehicles increase.
      Fuel Taxes/Excise decrease.
      How will the shortfall be compensated for?
      Oh. That’s where we come in…… Silly me!

  • I haven’t really heard anything about how these batteries are made and what effect it has on the environment and also at the other end of their life when it comes time to dispose of them. The question is will that be as detrimental as burning fossil fuels etc ??

  • What a load of BS (bill Shorten). No specs on this model just a picture and a no meat on the bone statement. Who came up with this picture someone from the Labour Party or the greens it seams. Very suspicious in an election campaign.

  • New innovations take time to evolve. Charging times will come down and there are super capacitors which can charge the batteries as you drive and power from inertia braking also produces electricity to charge your batteries. If you have ridden in electric trains, trams or even the old trolley buses the acceleration on those things pushes you back into your seat so there is ample power on tap. What is currently the fastest vehicle on the planet? Yes, an electric car! Just like the horse and buggy, oil and coal are on the way out (even though they will be hanging on kicking and screaming) and greener renewable energy sources will take their place.

    • If we add into the equation nuclear power generation then we may provide enough power into the grid to charge all these electricity guzzlers, then we will apply to the financier of the banana republic to fund our road systems etc that the current fuel taxes provide. This will all be great into the future but to mandate 50% of all vehicles to be electric not hybrid by 2030 is an absolute nonsense, is Labor going to provide the vehicles free?

  • How to go distance with an E-4WD? Easy. You put a wind turbine on the roof of the vehicle. And it spins as the vehicle moves, thus creating electricity. The electricity is used to drive the electric motors and the vehicle just keeps on going. Problem solved! Ha ha.

  • I can just see charging stations in the middle of nowhere. Ha ha ha. These politicians are delusional. Australia is not like Europe where it’s crawling with people. So what do you do if you’re out in the middle of the Simpson desert? Where will the charging station be there? How much would it cost to get the all around the outback?

    People in the bush don’t have 4WD cars for show like most of the city posers. They need a practical car that you can fill up and go. They don’t want to hang around and wait for their cars to charge. This idea is ridiculous!! PC bullshit won’t work out the back of Bourke but then politicians don’t really care about people in the bush. Proof of that is pretty clear when you see the lack of assistance for the farmers during this un ending drought we are going through now!!!

  • How will we travel with a motor car and find fuel. My horse can eat anywhere. What about water crossings, my horse can swim. I’m sure that’s what people said when the motor car was invented. Get with the program, it is happening and it’s not a political agenda.

  • The one thing that I have noticed missing from the comments so far is the number of cars that can be refueled at any one time at the busier service stations. Usually 2 to 4 minutes each. How many charging outlets will be required when cars take 10 to 20 minutes to charge? let’s try this. 200 cars x 4 minutes each =800 minutes of motorists time. now 200 cars x 10 minutes (bare minimum recharge time) =2000 minutes of motorists time which means that the really large service stations that now have around 50 fuel pumps would require 125 charging outlets plus retaining most of their petrol and diesel pumps for several years. These figures have not even taken account of the time people take to return to their cars when their charging is complete.

  • The electric vehicle fueling model is decentralised, 90% of charging will be done at home complimented with fast charging at destination sites such as shopping centres and Ultra Fast Charging on highways like the sites Chargefox have already built and are building this year between Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

    However the economics of Ultra Fast Charging stations which enable charging within 10 to 20 minutes in remote locations is much more problematic

    • And what of the people that have to park there cars on the street. There is a lot in the cities that do that. So I’m going to Broken Hill usually a day trip, how long in a EV?

  • It’s all very interesting, but we were supposed to be igniting the fumes from the fossil fuel not the fuel, until that was changed. Now it’s electric vehicles that run from electricity, of which most is fossil fuel. Hydrogen H20 was deemed unviable by the fossil fuel company owners, Yet was far more beneficial to human being, vehicles and Earth.
    Electromagnetic Earth energy is free, the unseen energy between you and me is free,
    ( except the harnessed sold electricity by energy companies)
    I believe Its really time to think outside the known regulated little square box.
    Solar sun power is free, the technology was developed years ago with nano solar cells being incorporated with vehicle paint, so scratched and dented panels wouldn’t cut the circuit, it was a self regulating system.
    Oh yes no fuel companies required, just maintenance companies. That invention also disappeared too.
    Perhaps soon enough we will have the Plasma magnetic anti gravity machines available to all.
    Then we all can go where we want to go, see what we want to see, do what we want to do, and leave a minimal foot print for Earth to heal. Thanks Doc Back to the future DeLorean and the flux capacitor! TA GOD Bless all, Victoria Cohen xo

    • Orkney Islands Scotland have sea turbines generating electricity from currents , the excess energy is then used to Produce Hydrogen instead of storing the excess energy in battery banks, I believe Scotland are well on the way to 100 percent renewables

  • Where on Fraser Island will they have their charging points – should make it very interesting
    Maybe a hybrid in the Landcruisers and Hilux’s 4WD vehicles is a big stepping stone before going electric

  • I support electric vehicles in cities HOWEVER i personally think that 4X4 should not change … if they do there will be an uproar because of the ” refueling stations being placed in areas of significance like Kakadu or Uluru .
    Its a bloody eyesore watching all these wind turbines currently replace the landscape in the rural areas of Victoria let alone potentially seeing these little charging points dotted all over the land knowing that EV’s don’t go far on a single charge ….. where will it end ?

    Typical kneejerk reactions from all walks of society at the moment being Politicians, Greenies, mindless governments as this NEW phase has NOT been actively looked at into any real depth .

  • Let the market decide this. I for one don’t want electric but would be taxed to use my diesel v8 cruiser and diesel navara. This is what we mean by being forced into this. Try getting the same power as the v8 diesel in electric. Ha ha good luck. I’ll be laughing 😂 at the idiots stuck either waiting for a charge or who have ran out of charge as I drive by. 👋

    • You will find there are a few electric vehicles out there already which will blow the doors off your Landcruiser and at 1/4 of the fuel costs

      • Not talking about cars Jimmy talking about vehicles travelling vast distances over isolated areas and not a greeny to be seen.

    • Lifted from Tesla Australia website:

      Acceleration 0-100 km/h
      2.1 sec
      Acceleration 1/4 mile
      8.8 sec
      Top Speed
      Over 400 km/h
      Wheel Torque
      10,000 Nm

      You were saying about trying to get the same power as a V8 Landcruiser?

  • Don’t compare us to Europe stupids. Europe has had Nuclear energy for 50 years or so which makes the EV a bit more logical. If one has coal power we may as well just pour diesel in our tanks.

  • Sounds like we are slowly being dragged into the future. Luckily, I don’t think anyone is advocating making electrical vehicles compulsory so maybe some of the naysayers should go and have a cold shower (or two). The torque from electric motors can be amazing. Just think of Melbourne’s trams or electric railways. When we look at the improvements on battery and charging technology over the last decade I hold some hope that we will have useful hybrid 4WDs in the not so distant future. Weight management is also going to help, with both fossil and electric fuels. There will always be a place for fossil fueled vehicles, particularly in remote areas but the majority of 4WDs really do not go far from urban centres. Hybrid with plug-in options may be the way to go, at least in the short term.
    I rather like the idea of a 4WD with an electric motor in each corner and a remarkable weight loss program with all the drive line disappearing. Might even lead to a few less computers than we have now.

  • I’ve just spent a week in the Swiss Alps catching a combination of trains and cable cars up to 3000 meters, all powered by electric motors. They subscribe to the Policy that a straight line is the quickest way so there is NO zig zagging up the side. Looking up to the top of these monsters hurts your neck. I can’t imagine my 2.8 diesel N80 pulling 8 carriages up gradients witnessed here and with hundreds of passengers as well. I know there is unrestricted amounts of power for them to tap into, but not so long ago we didn’t have a powerful computer and international phone call capacity with 24 hours of battery life that fits in our pocket.

    Regarding towing campers and caravans:
    I have a camper trailer and have covered a lot of our awesome country in it. That said, it’s a pain in the bum to tow and you have to remove it to do serious 4X4 adventurous routes anyway. Again, I’ll go back to Europe and the fact I’m touring here for 3 months and using only AirBnB for accommodation. Low cost, awesome locations, fully equipped, a second to none booking system and the bonus of meeting new and interesting people daily. OK, not available at the top of Mt Kaputah in Northern NSW, but a good quality roof-tent is. Sometimes exploring means roughing it for a night or two. All that said, most places I’ve been have a town within a few hours drive so day trips to special locations and AirBnB can still work. If we want a cleaner planet to give to our kids we need to accept the innovation and the new hurdles they are yet to concur. Just saying? Cheers.

    • My son has a model hilux with 4X4 capability. Radio controlled of course. Can be submerged to a meter and still runs just fine. Radio signal is another issue?

    • Except that time they drove a fully electric Jag around with water up to its windscreen… And that was just the run of the mill _car_. Not a 4X4 built to do water crossings.

    • Tesla batteries are liquid cooled already. Crossing through water is not a challenge. Dive scooters are electric and are purposely used underwater. Your challenge is easier met in electric

  • I will add my name to those commenting below on 4WD touring in remote areas. It’s easy to double your food, water, safety, radio communications, clothing and camping kit etc etc (don’t forget extra spare or two and more tools/spares) if you go to these places. The CSR!!! It’a 1000 kms before you even get to a service point at Kunawaratji and can you imagine a charging station there. To carry everything the energy load would have to double to even get you 1/2 way. I can’t see it and the problem would be all over and through WA. Best of luck to our kads and their gkids being able to go there and see the real Australia and not just a copy of America in the cities.

  • Within 10 years electric 4WD cars will be great and will offer better offroad performance. Current issues with batteries and charging are being resolved and the future technologies are unknown, just like the evolution of the
    mobile phone. However there is one gigantic obstacle. Where is the MASSIVE amount of electricity that will be required for all these electric vehicles coming from and how will it reach into the outback? Batteries do not generate power, they use power and in the process they loose up to 10%. Generation of unlimited electricity is the real challenge that has to be solved.

  • There are two issues as I see it.
    1/ Can I recharge in the bush, as I can currently from a 20 litre jerry can?

    2/ A little thing called power density. Li-Ion batteries have a power density round 10% of fossil fuels which means for the same range the Li- Ion battery has to weight 10 times more than a tank of fossil fuel. That’s a lot of weight to haul around and it still weights the same when empty, unlike a fuel tank.

    Another thought is WHY?
    Currently our power source is coal and there is no viable dispatchable alternative. Diesel is to expensive, and we don’t have any nuclear. So recharging your electric car is burning coal. Here is a nice little video about the efficiency to coal power cars compared to petrol/diesel cars.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns_0UTOc6X4&t=745s

    • Shame Bryce, I was looking fed to seeing the video, and then saw that it was made by this self serving, lying individual, whom spends his time building up things he sells and is sponsored by and knocking the opposition.

      I see there as being many issues issues with battery power, not just 2.
      There seem to be less issues with fossil fuel, but unfortunately the issues are much, much more serious.

  • I think a lot like mobile phones and other technology, Toyota will eventually fall behind and become like Motorola or Nokia. It’s time for other manufacturers to step up

    • Need Apple to make iCar then everyone would buy one cause its Apple and they’d release a new one every year with minor upgrades. Also could buy it on a plan and with electricity usage rates to match your lifestyle.

  • Yep, a lot of charge station along the Birdsville Track and the Simpson Desert. Also plenty of well trained mechanics. I am happy to be a NAY SAYER. Let the market decide, not the Government….

  • As it stands at the moment, we don’t have the vehicles and set up to do full electric in Australia.
    Fine for around a city here and for smaller countries like the UK with a larger population and far less land area., but no good for Australia’s long distance.
    Plus using lithium-based batteries is expensive, and not that good for the planet, they have to find a better storage medium.
    It is just like the fact we have electricity generation problems, but hopefully, in the future, we will find ways to overcome these.
    I am not being a naysayer. as I consider that in the future we will have EVs that are capable and electrical generation which is green.
    We just need to keep researching ways to sort out all the problems.

    • Ummmm… exchange electricity for fuel in your first point, and you’re aware there are waterproof electronics right? Like submersible pumps? Mobile phones? Watches? GoPros? If you’re going to do Billy Goats, why would you do it without enough power (whether fuel or electricity)?

      • Not talking about cars Jimmy talking about vehicles travelling vast distances over isolated areas and not a greeny to be seen.

  • The Pollies are currently offering big tax breaks on electric vehicles, when is that going to stop as there will be a time when they are loosing to much tax to make it viable. They will eventually have to bring in taxing all vehicles by the kilometre traveled as when large numbers of people use electric or hybrid vehicles there will be less taxes from petrol and diesel sales.

    • Not true, Tesla vehicle had ZERO incentives and got taxed at full luxury car tax ($25k). There is NO benefit given. I was in SA, there were very minor incentives in a couple other states.

      • Remember years ago the tax was brought in to help support the Australian car industry so why are we still paying the tax when this industry no longer exists ? The answer is that both sides of politics are nothing but money grabbing scum.

  • Australia is way behind in in the adoption of electric vehicles. The EU is years ahead. It starts with simple city runabouts to test technology then ramps up to other classes of vehicles. There will be more than one technology. Charging stations will replace petrol stations at about the same spacing but my bet is that Hydrogen fuel in internal combustion engines will be significant for heavy vehicles and those going to remote places – eventually (25 years) hydrogen fuel cells generating electricity directly will be the go. Just imagine an electric motor in each wheel of a 4×4, each wheel independently sprung (no drive shafts to worry about) and the massive torque each wheel could deliver…then you could control the speed of each wheel to steer the vehicle… awesome!

  • isnt it incredibly amazing how coincidently toyota would make such on announcement at this time.the pics of the future hilux look great. but would about about as handi as a ash tray on a motor bike in the country

  • does this mean we will all have to carry a genny to do remote driving or are they putting charging stations outback r do we all stay on the coast.

  • Instead of the negativity towards the future and the emerging technologies, why dont you direct your outrage towards the political parties and their policies that stifle such development. Then maybe we could all pull the skin off a rice custard.

    • No worries, electric motors can be waterproofed, at last year’s Invictus Games in Sydney, Jaguar’s pure electric i-Pace was used in windscreen deep water slalom events without any problems. It’s not like electric motors need air to combust fuel!

  • I bet it will never have a decent towing capacity, it sure won’t be any good for the caravanner/camper market.

  • Solar and wind-generated power will not generate enough power within the next 10 years to service the electric car market, you will still need other power supplies eg; coal or the best nuclear. Also, has anyone asked the question whether any of these electric vehicles will be able to tow caravans, boats ect. Steve

  • It is not conceivable to move away from coal and hit Labor’s electric car target. He has juxtaposed himself. Also there is currently no infrastructure to support the charging of electric cars, particularly in remote areas and Shorten has provided absolutely no proposed plan to implement it. As usual Bill Shorten is making grand but empty promises with zero research behind his promises, or ability to fund to fund them, in an attempt to be popular. We are in for it.

    • Reducing transport emissions is the easiest to tackle and its criminal that we haven’t addressed this 10 years ago. Using coal to create electricity to charge vehicles is still cheaper and more economic than burning any diesel and almost every petrol engine.

    • Not so. Once they overcome the diatance a battery can go between charges, an AC motor will provide more torwue, instantly and be a far better tow vehicle than a Diesel ever could dream to be.

    • The Tesla Model X (which wouldn’t last long offroad, granted) can tow a Boeing 787 Dreamliner today.

      Imagine what another 10 years will do to electric motor/battery technology? I’d bet my house by that time there’ll be a 1000km range offroad-capable electric motor touring vehicle that’ll drive itself over rocky-terrain better than a human + spotter can today.

      • A US manufacturer is showing a 4×4 electric ute with a 5 tonne towing capacity and a 650km range called the “Rivian” at the Geneva Motor Show.

        • And the Rivian has 14000NM at the wheels, where each wheel can be independently controlled giving the user better 4WD control, which currently unavailable in a modern 4WD.

    • Solar Energy… with the governments’ 50% rebate… you can charge your car, and provide eccentricity for your home. (to charge any time ‘day or night’ – you will need a energy storage system)

      If you are a Farmer… its a double bonanza!

      • How many people will be run over with electric cars? They are so quiet, animals, pedestrians cannot hear them coming. Will they have a sound added. Your Aussie V8 ‘growl’ gone forever.

  • Not just the 1000Km mark but the 1000Km mark towing a caravan. Interestingly the best way to reduce fuel or electricity consumption while towing a van is to make vans lighter and stronger yet van manufacturer seem to be doing the opposite and making them heavier!

    • The prediction is that the current boom in the caravan industry will die out somewhat with the dying off of the baby boomers – so by 2030 we should see this happening anyway and people will adapt to new ways of travelling.

      • You will still need the longer range that internal combustion supplies at this stage, many people still prefer to travel by car interstate and not just between Sydney and Melbourne. I have many while travelling across the Nullabor that do not like to fly, the only alternatives are drive or take the very expensive train as there are no alternatives. I agree with Alientecho, the caravan manufacturers are making bigger and heavier vans mainly because generally,people want to carry more with them!

      • Price ????????
        Range ?
        Water/mud proof ?
        Weight penalty for the battery, and it’s replacement cost, and by then battery disposal costs ???
        Can be repowered by portable genny ? for those remote trips ?

        Only when all of these are proven would I even consider a EV 4X4 !

        • The concept of wide spread electric vehicles is poorly conceived. I have a two car garage only because the council wouldn’t allow a bigger one. I could charge my wife’s car and mine. Two of my kids are tradies so they have to have work utes and park on the street. My wife and I have no public transport available to get to work so our family has four vehicles. I have two more kids in school so no doubt they will want a car at some stage. So my question is, how do I run extension cords to these cars parked permanently on the street? I see my neighbours will have the same problem too. Can I put some traffic cones over the leads going to the other side of the road? Does every household only have one car parked in the garage? We are no longer living in 1970.

        • Will soon cost around the same as our current 4wd.
          Will soon exceed 1000km
          You have electrics in your car now don’t you?
          Hybrid vehicles are currently exceeding 1000000000km without replacing batteries and associated components
          Why not take solar with you to charge the vehicle, or the genny if yu really need to. But how many trips in a year do make over 1000km?

          • If 50Kw charges the batteries in 10 minutes:
            2Kw Generator will take 250 minutes, 4.2 hours
            2x60w Solar panels (about 1.5×1.5 meters, 15Kg) will take:
            4,167 Minutes
            70 Hours
            521 Days @ 8Hrs/day
            1.5 years.

        • The portable genny will require plenty of gutz to run the required battery charger and I mean plenty of gutz were talking big time chargers here.

          • I own a model X Tesla SUV, seats 7 adults and a shipload of luggage, two trunks. Goes well on sand. It’s about the same size footprint and weight as a LC200 cruiser. A 0-80kmh drag… A wheelspinning Mustang V8 was about 6 lengths behind me at 80kmh (speedlimit). Also have a 4×4. Charging them is the issue. I am an engineer and the home charger takes up to 8 hours to recharge at 40+amps at 240v (equivalent to 4 household GPOs). To put this in perspective, if you have a block of 100 houses and one in 5 upgrade to a Tesla, then the load on our power grid would be similar to a conventional suburb of 200 houses.

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