Isuzu's small EV truck
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Isuzu plans to release small EV truck at end of 2018

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By Kaoru Kubono

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 and battery.

"We aim at a drive range longer than 100 km," Isuzu said in a statement. "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 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 and started to deliver the truck to Seven-Eleven Japan Co Ltd and Yamato Transport Co Ltd in October. 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.

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Does a hottie Driver Assistant come with each truck ?

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Does a hottie Driver Assistant come with each truck ?

When there is a choice between a delivery truck and a 'driver assistant hottie', I know where my attention goes too.

I hope there are regenerative brakes - otherwise 100 km in an urban area is not really very much. Also interesting is use of two battery packs. But several new hybrid designs in Europe and even Japan have actually two electric motors in cars.

But this is about trucks. Cars are always more interesting than trucks. And in this case 'hotties' are more interesting than cars.

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"We aim at a drive range longer than 100 km,"

So is that range with a full load of "Its maximum loading capacity is 3,000kg" ?

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Good luck to them. I'm sure this will come with subsidies from the government, but let's give this technology a go.

fwiw, large commercial vehicles like trucks and buses are already very efficient, since they cover huge distances and fuel is a major cost and factor in competitiveness. If there are efficiencies and pollution savings to be made from electrification, it is private cars where they will be biggest.

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Does a hottie Driver Assistant come with each truck ? shes there to help you plug-in when your ready for a recharge

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large commercial vehicles like trucks and buses are already very efficient actually the most efficient diesel engines are only around 30% efficient compared to an electric motor which is around 80%+. and this isnt even factoring in the huge waste of energy to refine oil into diesel and then the transportation of the fuel to gas stations, fossil fuels are incredibly inefficient.

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Does a hottie Driver Assistant come with each truck ? shes there to help you plug-in when your ready for a recharge

Such a very useful service. Isuzi think of everything :p

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