Toyota is also trying its hand in the electric pickup game, their competitor, the brand new 2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric. We have already seen electric pickups, F-150 Lightning from Ford, Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck. Electric pickups aren’t fresh news, but they are still new and there is a lot of space for improvement.
Toyota has proven they can build a quality pickup among other vehicles. Since most of the manufacturers are racing to electrify their vehicles Toyota is jumping ahead of the pack and trying to beat everyone to the races. Instead of a powerful gas-guzzling engine, they are putting battery packs inside their Tacoma.
What kind of design changes we will see in the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric is to be seen. Alongside electric ones, Toyota will also launch Tacomas with a gas-powered engine, but for us, the electric one is more impressive.
Will it be able to compete against others in the same category?
What kind of specifications will it have and what kind of performance can it achieve?
Read along to find out more about the upcoming Tacoma Electric.
We can see changes in the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric from the first moment we take a look inside. The plan for Toyota is to equip it with the best of goodies and to keep it contemporary. Most carmakers are improving their interior as it was a part of the car that was neglected for a long time.
Nowadays pickups look as good as performance and interiors should be improved. We can expect Tacoma to get a complete redesign so it represents that it is fully electric. We get Access Cab and Double Cab versions of the Tacoma. Cargo bed lengths can also differ depending on which trim you choose. So you can further customize the truck to your needs. There will definitely be more cargo space, specifically because we don’t have an engine so that space will be used for cargo as well.
Dashboard, and Seats
Inside the truck, Toyota made it as luxurious as possible. Wooden and chrome accents all along with the cabin simply scream a first-class experience. And this is just the thing to separate it from the pack of mediocre interiors which we can find in most trucks. We get an 8-inch screen where we can put some tunes or control the goodies inside the car. We get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Alexa from Amazon. Bluetooth and wifi hotspots are a must. Wireless charging is available.
Upholstery is going to be high-quality leather and suede. Hopefully heated and ventilated, this is a big game changer, especially in trucks that will be used for long periods of time. Perhaps a panoramic roof would be a great addition as well, that way people can enjoy the sights as they drive along. The surround system is brand-made per resources, and hopefully at least 9 speaker setup.
We also get Toyota Safety Sense which is an artificial intelligence driving aid. Systems like these are a must in today’s vehicles and they can truly save lives in difficult situations.
To show how different the electric version is from the regular one, Toyota is making changes to the exterior of the 2024 Tacoma Electric. First of all the truck needed to look more aggressive and contemporary. This means less square looking and more angles. This improves the aerodynamics and ergonomics of the truck and further in
creases range on a single charge.
A statistic is quite important when electric vehicles are concerned. There are going to be 33 colors available. I don’t think any manufacturer is offering that many. There are big side mirrors so you can pay attention to whatever you are towing, which can be a lot because of the sheer power of the truck.
There is no big front grille, mainly because there is no need for one. After all, the truck is electric and doesn’t require an engine. All the battery packs are under the cabin to improve stability and drive. This means that the space under the hood will be used as cargo space. Three or four suitcases will be able to fit inside.
Headlights have a strange boomerang shape, which is something quite fresh and it looks good, to be honest on the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric. The wheels are humongous, probably over 30 inches. This is due to tires being extra beefy so the truck won’t have any problems going off-road.
2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric Engine Options
As far as engines go, there will be regular ones available for the regular Tacoma. This means a four-cylinder turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 that dishes out 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.
Also, we have a 2.4 liter used in Lexus NX350 that can produce 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.
But we are more interested in the hybrid and EV versions of the 2024 Toyota Tacoma.
Most manufacturers put battery packs of at least 150 kWh. If Toyota wants to win this fight they have to go closer to 200 kWh. The truck would definitely benefit from multiple motor systems.
Perhaps 4 motors like on Rivian so each wheel gets one for maximum power output. No one likes waiting at the gas station so hopefully, fast charging capabilities are available. This means that the full charge should be achieved in under one hour. Hopefully faster.
The 400-mile range on a single charge is common, look out for Toyota to perhaps surpass the 400 mark.
2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric Price and Release Date
As far as price is concerned we suspect it will be upwards of $ 50.000, there was no official confirmation but most trucks in that category are similarly priced.
For the date, we have late 2023 perhaps the last quarter.