The Isuzu D-Max electric ute is set to arrive in 2025, marking the beginning of the E-Max era.

Isuzu Announces Plans to Launch First Electric Ute

Isuzu, one of the leading manufacturers of pickups and commercial vehicles, has announced that it will be launching its first electric ute within the next two years. While the company has not specified a timeline for its release in Australia, it has confirmed that the electric van will first be launched in Norway in 2025. Norway has been at the forefront of electric car sales worldwide, making it an ideal market for Isuzu’s electric vehicle. Isuzu currently accounts for approximately half of all pickup sales in the Nordic country.

Following its launch in Norway, the electric D-Max will then be released in Thailand, with Australia potentially being the next country to receive the battery-powered ute. Isuzu Australia has not confirmed whether the electric ute will be available in the local market, but a spokesperson for the company stated that they will be monitoring local needs and evaluating the introduction of battery-electric light commercial vehicles and SUVs from other manufacturers to provide a product mix that meets the needs of Australian consumers.

Although Isuzu has not disclosed many details about the electric ute, it is speculated that the model could be named the E-Max to differentiate it from its diesel counterpart. Isuzu’s current lineup includes the D-Max ute, MU-X SUV, and N-Series pickup, which all feature a 3.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

It is possible that Isuzu’s electric ute could borrow its electric motor technology from Isuzu’s truck division, which recently showcased its N-Series electric light truck. The N-Series electric truck features an electric motor that can produce up to 150 kW and 370 Nm of torque. The electric motor replaces the traditional diesel engine and powers the rear wheels through a standard driveshaft and differential assembly. A similar configuration could be used for the electric ute, with batteries replacing the fuel tank and an electric motor replacing the diesel engine. Initially, the model may only offer rear-wheel drive, but it could potentially be expanded to include a low-range four-wheel drive transmission in future variants.

Isuzu Australia has also confirmed that the company is exploring alternative powertrain options, such as hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. While no specific timetable has been given for the release of the electric Isuzu D-Max, it is expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2024, ahead of its launch in Norway in 2025.

The announcement of Isuzu’s plans for an electric ute has sparked discussions among automotive enthusiasts and consumers. Many are excited about the prospect of an electric Isuzu D-Max and are eager to see how it performs compared to its diesel counterpart. However, there are also concerns about factors such as the availability of charging infrastructure and the potential impact on towing and range capabilities.

Ben Zachariah, an experienced automotive writer and journalist based in Melbourne, has been closely following the developments in the industry. With over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, including working as an interstate trucker and completing an MBA in Finance, Zachariah is considered an expert in the field. He has written extensively about classic car investing and continues to provide valuable insights to readers.

As Isuzu prepares to launch its first electric ute, it is clear that the company is taking steps to adapt to the growing demand for electric vehicles worldwide. With Norway leading the way in electric car sales, it is no surprise that Isuzu has chosen it as the first market for its electric van. As more details about the electric ute emerge, consumers and enthusiasts eagerly await its arrival and hope that it will meet their expectations in terms of performance, range, and overall driving experience.