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Toyota tests Hilux electric pick-ups for bus services in Thai city; Company aims for sales debut in 2025


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Toyota Motor Corp.’s electric Hilux pickup truck. was converted into a ‘bus’ for experimental use in Pattaya, Thailand

BANGKOK – Toyota Motor Corp. has started using an electric model from its Hilux pick-up range for bus services in the central Thai city of Pattaya as part of an experiment aimed at collecting passenger feedback and other data for development purposes. Toyota is considering selling Hilux EVs in Thailand by 2025.

In Thailand, buses called songthaew, which are essentially pick-up trucks with seats and roofs at the back, are widely used for public transport.

Toyota will run the experiment with 12 electric vehicles until 2025, collecting data on things like battery durability and mileage.

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