With Daihatsu, Suzuki and Toyota presented a small electric utility, ideal for deliveries in the heart of polluted cities.
Daihatsu, Suzuki and Toyota have just lifted the veil on the “prototypes” of electric motor minivans. Three vehicles called respectively Hijet Cargo, Every and Pixis Van. But they are almost identical. And we imagine that the look will not change during the passage in series, the models to be launched within a few months.
The prototypes made their debut at an auto show on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima. Because they are intended for Japan, falling into a very popular category on this market: kei-cars. These are small vehicles, which respect a limit of size and power to have tax advantages.
The brands have also pooled their expertise: they have combined Toyota’s electrification technology with the know-how of Suzuki and Daihatsu in terms of kei-cars. The result is therefore a small 100% electric van, which promises a range of around 200 km. Daihatsu will take care of the production.
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The machine seems ideal for crowded and polluted city centers. It falls into the category of micro-mobility vehicles capable of ensuring last-mile delivery in zero-emission mode. The Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) has also participated in the project so that its characteristics are optimal within the framework of “effective and efficient last mile logistics”.
The machine is not intended for us. But we see it as an ideal missing link between a Citroën Ami Cargo, very small, and an electric Kangoo, which has become imposing.