Yet-to-be-revealed electric pickup will supposedly be based on the Isuzu D-Max
Back in September of this year, AutoIndustriya.com reported that Isuzu was supposedly planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck. Essentially rumored to be an electric version of the D-Max, the purported EV will apparently be first sold in Thailand before being sold in Norway.
At the time Nikkei Asia reported it, there was no official announcement from Isuzu with regards to the supposed electric pickup truck. Fast forward to the present day, however, and a company executive has confirmed that they will indeed be making a zero-emissions pickup.
During the launch of the 2024 D-Max facelift in Bangkok, Thailand, Isuzu president and COO Shinsuke Minami shared the news that the automaker is currently making strides for a carbon-neutral society. In order to make this happen, the company plans to make an electric pickup.
“Isuzu is actively making efforts to realize a carbon-neutral society. Going forward, Isuzu plans to produce a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) pickup truck in Thailand. Isuzu will first introduce it in Europe and then examine its gradual rollout by meeting the needs of each market, including Thailand,” said Minami.
Digital rendering of 2024 Isuzu D-Max facelift
Other details and information about the upcoming electric pickup truck still remain a mystery. However, there are rumors going around that it will be a fully electric version of the D-Max. Since Isuzu already revealed an electric version of the Elf (AKA N-Series) earlier this year, perhaps the electrical architecture of the upcoming EV pickup may be based on the Isuzu Elf EV.
With the yet-to-be-revealed electric pickup truck most likely to get a ladder frame chassis, it wouldn’t surprise us that Isuzu may only need to make minor modifications on the pickup to accept an electric architecture derived from the electric N-Series.
With Europe set to get the electric pickup by Isuzu first, it might be a while before other markets like Southeast Asia and the rest of the world get their hands on the zero-emissions truck.