Isuzu Motors Ltd will launch a small electric (EV) truck in the Japanese market by the end of 2018.
The truck will be developed by replacing the power train of Isuzu's "Elf" small truck with a driving motor, battery, etc. To see the response of the market, the company exhibited a concept model of the EV truck at Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which was open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017.
"We aim at a drive range longer than 100km (approx62.1 miles)," Isuzu said. "With that drive range, the truck can be easily used for delivery operation in urban areas."
The key is a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The EV truck is equipped with two 40kWh battery packs, which are located between the right front and rear wheels and between the left front and rear wheels, respectively.
The maximum output of the driving motor is expected to be 150kW. The dimensions of the EV truck are 6,690 (L) x 2,154 (W) x 3,000 (H). Its maximum loading capacity is 3,000kg.
Isuzu is developing the EV truck, being in a hurry to release it at the end of 2018. But the company has been one step behind Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp, which is Isuzu's rival.
Mitsubishi Fuso started volume production of the "eCanter" small EV truck ahead of other companies (See related article) and started to deliver the truck to Seven-Eleven Japan Co Ltd, Yamato Transport Co Ltd, etc in October 2017. The drive range of the eCanter is 100km per charge, which is equivalent to that of the EV truck being developed by Isuzu. The capacity of the eCanter's Li-ion battery is 66kWh, which is about 20% lower than the expected battery capacity of Isuzu's truck.