Toyota turns Land Cruiser into an unpretentious electric car

Toyota turns Land Cruiser into an unpretentious electric car

January 10, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Official SUV conversion is the result of Toyota Australia

Toyota Australia has turned the 70 Series Land Cruiser into a low-maintenance electric vehicle. Engineers of the Japanese company have stripped the utility vehicle of an internal combustion engine ordered by the mining firm BHP Billiton. A prototype Land Cruiser 70 EV is awaiting trials at a nickel mine in Western Australia.

Toyota Australia made an electric vehicle out of a Land Cruiser 70 with a single row cab. The place of the diesel V8 1VD-FTV with a volume of 4.5 liters was taken by an electric motor; the traction battery was placed under the floor of the body. The axle frame, suspension and all-wheel drive system were not affected. The characteristics of the electric motor, battery capacity and range of the SUV Toyota promises to be announced “in the coming months.”

Toyota Australia and BHP Billiton are mutually beneficial. The Japanese company is exploring the prospects for the electrification of diesel SUVs and commercial vehicles as part of a strategy to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2030. In turn, the mining giant is interested in official deliveries of electric vehicles, because it is economically feasible to use vehicles without internal combustion engines in mines – this saves on ventilation and maintenance.

BHP has been experimenting with electric Land Cruiser 70s for several years – trucks and electric buses, converted by third-party firms, are already working in mines and mines. If Toyota starts producing “battery” Land Cruisers in small batches, such electric cars will definitely be in demand among commodity giants.