Aussie Startup Roev Converts Toyota Hilux Utes to EVs

Meet Roev, the Australian startup that makes electric Toyota Hilux cars, with the goal of developing its own electric vehicles.

Electric vehicle conversions have stayed out of the larger conversation about the electrification of transmission systems internationally, but in many ways, they made sense: the chassis and a plethora of components are all there, the car just needs to replace its gasoline-based parts with a battery, proper software and electric motor (which isn’t important). small).

Featured by Fleet EV News, Roev sees an opportunity in converting cars like the Toyota Hilux to electric vehicles. After all, Toyota’s first mass-produced electric vehicle won’t come to Australia until next year (along with its sister, the Subaru Saltera). So while automakers like Toyota keep the electric-vehicle approach slow and steady (with a lot of focus on PHEVs, like Mitsubishi), startups like Roev see an opportunity.

“The ute is the obvious choice due to the size of the market and the fact that there is absolutely no future outlook for mainstream electrical devices hitting our shores,” Fleet EV News quoted Roev CEO Noah Wasmer as saying.

“They are also among the worst CO2 emitters because they are almost 100 percent diesel and drive high kilometers due to the nature of their use.”

Utes have long been the most popular type of passenger car in Australia, with sales continuing to grow and government support for their purchase. Utilities are subject to the fringe benefit tax credit, the same tax credit the government wants to apply to electric vehicles, which explains much of their popularity.

With that in mind, Wasmer’s second quote is very important. Imagine the good that could come from Australian car enthusiasts who drive electrified cars instead of diesel vehicles.

The startup is currently working with companies and government fleets to convert their cars into electric vehicles, with plans to design and build its own electric devices in the future.

Roev has built a prototype of the electrified Toyota Hilux at its base on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We don’t know the vehicle’s specs at the moment, but given the range and power of a standard Hilux, it should be pretty impressive.

Roev isn’t likely to open the purchase of an electrified Hilux to the public any time soon, as fleet sales target businesses.

Previously, Roev has developed electric conversions for the Land Rover Defender Perentie and Volkswagen Kombi, but his goal to build fleets of electric ute conversions is more ambitious.

It’s unclear when Roev will open sales for the electric Hilux, but we are very keen on developing the company.

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