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News Toyota Will Build Electrified Pickups In The Near Future

Toyota Will Build Electrified Pickups In The Near Future

Hybrid and fully electric pickups are part of Toyota’s plans in China


  • This was announced at Auto Shanghai 2021.

  • No mention of North America in the announcement.


It’s no secret: Toyota’s current fleet of trucks are among, if not the oldest vehicles on the road today in North America. Despite this, they continue to find favour and love from buyers. The reasons are simple: Capability, reliability, robustness, and character. The next wave of trucks from Toyota may very well find them all electrified, at least this will be the case in China.

2021 Toyota Trail Lineup
2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Photo: Toyota

The announcement from Toyota was made earlier today at Auto Shanghai 2021. In the near future, the Chinese market will get hybrid and battery electric pickups. When it comes to our shores, nothing was said however we do know that Toyota will have a hybrid available in each product line come 2025.

Road and Track reached out to Toyota for a comment: “[…] a spokesperson for Toyota confirmed that all U.S.-model Toyotas will offer a hybrid version by 2025 (except for the Mirai, Toyota’s fuel-cell vehicle). “Nothing to confirm on the EV side,” the spokesperson added.”

Trucks like the nearly 15-year-old Tundra can’t go on forever, same for the Tacoma. All-new iterations of both trucks (and the 4Runner) are expected in the near future. Should they launch for 2023 for example, a 2025 Tundra Hybrid or Tacoma Hybrid would be a good way to keep interest and momentum going. Seeing the interest in large midsize electric trucks (Tesla, Rivian), fully electric versions would not be out of place either.

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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