PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Isuzu future-proofing D-Max with BEV prototype launch at Bangkok International Motor Show

Isuzu Motors Limited has set its sights on the future of automotive innovation with the unveiling of its first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), the Isuzu D-Max BEV. The prototype of this future proofed vehicle will be showcased to the public at the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show from the 27th of March to the 7th of April 2024.

The Isuzu D-Max BEV represents a substantial step forward in the evolution of pick-up trucks, combining the rugged performance and versatility expected of an Isuzu vehicle with the environmental benefits of electric propulsion. Developed to meet a wide range of commercial and passenger vehicle needs, the D-Max BEV boasts a 1-tonne payload, 3.5-tonne towing capacity, and a full-time 4WD system with newly developed e-Axles in the front and rear, offering exceptional performance on rough terrain while minimising noise and vibration.

With a lithium-ion battery capacity of 66.9kWh and a maximum output of 130kW, the electric D-Max delivers impressive power and instant torque, with a linear acceleration feel characteristic of BEVs. Moreover, its maximum speed of over 130km/h (81mph) makes it suitable for a variety of applications, from urban commuting to off-road adventures.

Isuzu is committed to promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, with the D-Max BEV representing a significant milestone in its journey towards a carbon-neutral world. The company plans to launch the D-Max BEV in select mainland European markets in 2025, with further expansion to the UK, Australia, Thailand, and other countries based on market demand and the development of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

“The Isuzu D-Max BEV represents a new era for pick-up trucks, combining the legendary toughness of the D-Max with electric technology. We are proud to work with a manufacturer committed to creating a carbon-neutral future and announce this innovative vehicle to the market, providing our customers with an environmentally friendly option without compromising on performance or reliability,” said an Isuzu Motors International Operations Thailand (IMIT) spokesperson, who added: “The Isuzu D-Max BEV represents a new chapter in our commitment to sustainable mobility. With its innovative electric powertrain and rugged design, it demonstrates our dedication to providing customers with reliable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions.”