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This electric Toyota Hiace concept will be at 2023 Japan Mobility Show

The popular van could finally have a battery-powered version

Are you waiting for an electric version of the Hiace? IMAGE FROM TOYOTA AUTO BODY

The Toyota Hiace is a vehicle that doesn’t really need a glamorous introduction. It is just a simple box on wheels that is flexible and dependable. But with sustainable motoring a key part of the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, commercial vans like it need to adapt to the ever-increasing demand for eco-friendly transport solutions.

The rear barn doors will be useful for courier applications. IMAGE FROM TOYOTA AUTO BODY

That will be showcased in this Global Hiace BEV Concept that will be making an appearance at the event. Just from the name itself, it’s easy to deduce that whatever is making this van tick isn’t powered by diesel or gasoline. Details about the powertrain have not been revealed yet, but we already like this vehicle’s sci-fi paint job.

The navigation system can calculate the best route for multiple deliveries. IMAGE FROM TOYOTA AUTO BODY

Making good use of the flat floor is the lack of a front passenger seat, which will apparently allow this Hiace to swallow items that are 3.5m long. Additionally, the infotainment system will have software that can calculate the most efficient route during delivery runs. Exterior dimensions are identical to those of the low-roof, standard-wheelbase H300 Hiace.

The front passenger seat has been deleted for more cargo space. IMAGE FROM TOYOTA AUTO BODY

An electric Hiace makes sense as contemporary vehicles like the Ford Transit and the Fiat Ducato already have battery-powered versions. Furthermore, it could also see the export-market H300 platform finally being sold domestically.

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