A Queensland technology start-up is converting the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger to run on battery power, with the aim of building more than 1000 examples of the electric devices for fleets at its Sunshine Coast factory next year.
Locally converted electric versions of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger utes will cost almost twice as much as the diesel vehicles on which they are based.
Australian technology start-up Roev has announced prices and specifications for its electric Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger conversion packages starting at $47,990 – excluding the cost of donor vehicles, which typically cost between $50,000 and $65,000.
Roev says it has electric conversion packages for Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger variants built between 2016 and 2022, servicing all body styles and both 2WD and 4WD models.
Initial pricing for the two plug-ins includes electric conversions, priced from $47,990 for the 4×2 uti and $50,990 for the 4×4 uti – excluding GST and the cost of donor vehicles.
Roev offers two levels of electric conversion, the Standard Range package and the more expensive Extended Range option.
Vehicles equipped with the Standard Range package come with an 11kW onboard AC charger, an 80kW DC fast charger, vehicle charging/V2L capabilities (allowing owners to plug in 240V devices) and a 64kWh battery pack – which Roev claims. can provide a driving range of up to 240 km.
Standard range conversions for two-wheel-drive Toyota HiLuxes and Ford Rangers cost $47,990 (2020-2022 model years) and $48,990 (2016-2019 model years), with an additional $3,000 for all-wheel-drive grades.
Roev’s extended range conversion equips the electrics with a larger 96kWh battery, allowing the outlets to operate for up to 360km on a charge.
Extended Range Conversion pricing adds another $6,000 to standard range packages, starting at $53,990 (4×2, MY2020-2022) to $57,990 (4×4, MY2016-2019).
The extended-range converted ute’s claimed range of 360km is 30km more than the LDV eT60, Australia’s first factory-built electric twin-cab.
Last week it was revealed that the LDV eT60 will have an electric range of 330km, although the Chinese carmaker claims that this is half that for hauling or hauling a load.
Priced from $92,990 plus on-road costs, the two-wheel drive LDV eT60 is more than double the price of the most expensive version, the 4×4 diesel twin-cab LDV T60, which starts at $46,990.
Based on 2022 pricing, Roev’s standard range makeover would push the entry-level 4×2 Toyota HiLux Workmate cab chassis up to $72,215, while the 4×2 Ford Ranger XL Hi-Rider would start from $83,920 – both before on-road costs and GST. for conversion.
As reported in September, Roev has yet to confirm the technical package for its conversions (such as power, torque, load and towing capacity), although it is believed that the plug-ins will be powered by a single electric motor.
Roev is not the only Australian company investing in zero emissions.
In October, Victorian company H2X Global unveiled the Warrego, a Ford Ranger-based unit powered by a 260kW electric motor and 60kW hydrogen fuel cell packaged in a supercapacitor hybrid system.
While production of the H2X Global Warrego has been favored in Europe rather than Australia – due to the availability of hydrogen and government support for zero-emission vehicles – the company said local testing will begin soon.
Roev Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger electric conversion prices
- 4×2 Standard Range – $48,990
- 4×4 Standard Range – $51,990
- 4×2 Extended Range – $54,990
- 4×4 Extended Range – $57,990
- 4×2 Standard Range – $47,990
- 4×4 Standard Range – $50,990
- 4×2 Extended Range – $53,990
- 4×4 Extended Range – $56,990