Expect to see something no later than 2025.
This week, Toyota finally revealed its new electric SUV. Called the bZ4X, it is just a concept at this point but is very close to what we can expect from the production version. Along with two new electric vehicles bound for the American market, the bZ4X will be important for Toyota's future plans of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. But although Toyota brought electrification to the mainstream masses with the Prius, it's the likes of Ford with its F-150 Hybrid that are spearheading the move to bring more electrified trucks to market. Toyota already has a successful product in the Tacoma and the electric expertise needed to make a mix of the two a success. The Japanese automaker knows this and has now confirmed that electric and hybrid pickups are coming soon. And this is what we think it might look like.
While introducing the new electric crossover concept, Toyota said that it plans to expand to around 70 electrified models by 2025.
"This future lineup will feature 15 dedicated BEVs, including seven carrying the bZ (Beyond Zero) brand moniker. In addition, Toyota intends to bring electrification to its pickup truck lineup in the near future, including hybrid and BEV powertrains."
Although no details have been released yet, we expect that the Tacoma will be electrified, although we wouldn't be surprised to see something totally new too. The fact that Toyota is promising these vehicles "in the near future" indicates that development has already begun.
If that is the case, then we will likely see some test mules being caught on camera over the next few months. As for range, recharging times, battery type, and power specifications, we're still in the dark. However, it would make sense for Toyota to take on the F-150 Hybrid with a hybrid Tacoma, since competition for the Blue Oval in this niche is rather scant at the moment. Of course, with Toyota suggesting an all-electric truck, there are more competitors to worry about then just Ford. Rivian, Tesla, and Lordstown all have their plans in motion already. But if anyone can make those companies' offerings look overly complex, Toyota can.