Isuzu Motors Ltd announced Sept 22, 2017, that it will showcase a concept model of a truck designed based on a honeycomb at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which will be open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017, at Tokyo Big Sight.
When designing the truck, "Design Concept FD-SI," Isuzu focused on "swarm intelligence," which is observed in creatures such as insects.
Seeing the lateral side of the truck as a honeycomb, Isuzu came up with a structure that houses hexagonal boxes. By effectively using the luggage space, it becomes possible to improve pickup/delivery efficiency. Moreover, the driver's seat is located in the center so that the driver can easily move in and outside the truck.
In addition to the concept model focused on the functional design, Isuzu plans to exhibit the "Elf EV" small electric truck. It is made by adding a battery, motor, etc to the "Elf" small truck, which the company manufactures and sells.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp, which is affiliated with Daimler AG, is taking a lead in the field of electric trucks of the same class. Mitsubishi Fuso started production of "eCanter," an electric version of the "Canter" small truck, in July 2017. To compete with Mitsubishi Fuso, Isuzu will see how the market will respond to the Elf EV by showing it at the trade show.