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Isuzu Motors Pioneers Electric Trucks with Quick-Swap Batteries to Enhance Delivery Efficiency

Isuzu Motors introduces a groundbreaking venture with electric trucks featuring replaceable batteries, reducing recharging hurdles for faster deliveries
Japan
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Isuzu Motors is spearheading a transformative initiative, unveiling electric trucks equipped with swappable batteries to revolutionize delivery efficiency. Overcoming the time constraints associated with lengthy recharging processes, the company has developed autonomous stations where robots swiftly replace depleted batteries in approximately three minutes. These stations are slated for deployment at logistics company depots and filling stations across Japan.

The forthcoming project involves the adaptation of Isuzu’s Elf light-duty electric truck, commonly used for convenience store deliveries and waste collection. Commencing demonstration tests in 2025, the company aims to showcase the capabilities of batteries that can be easily swapped out, addressing the efficiency gap with conventional diesel lorries.

Amid a global market where only 1.2% of commercial vehicles sold in 2021 were electric, Isuzu’s innovation aligns with the broader trend of battery-swapping systems gaining prominence. This approach, already making headway in light commercial vehicles, is seen as a pivotal driver in the collective effort towards decarbonization. Honda Motor and Yamato Transport have also embarked on trials involving swappable batteries for light commercial electric vehicles, while similar systems gain traction in China and India, exemplified by the initiatives of EV startup Nio.

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