Tacoma Owners Say What They Would Like To See in an Electric Tacoma
I asked this question if Toyota Tacoma drivers are ready to accept an electric Tacoma, should that be available one day. Here are some of the interesting responses people shared under my question at the Toyota Tacoma Enthusiasts FB group.. The general sentiment is openness, but but some improvements are necessary.
One comment writes that while there are hybrid trucks out there he doesn't think an all-electric Toyota Tacoma would be strong enough, but "hey, technology is advancing every day."
"Its a good thing, but for my own selfish reasons, I'd prefer gas", writes another commenter. "I couldn't imagine how stupid I'd feel trying to race a vehicle with no engine sound. The engine making noise has a lot to do with the "intensity" (for lack of a better term) of driving. Without that, it would just be weird trying to drive aggressively with no sound other than tires," he adds.
Tow Capacity and Range
Few other people commented saying their concerns about the towing capacity and the EV range, when it comes to the possibility of having an EV Tacoma. The solution offered was to buy a Toyota Prius and a truck. One to save the planet and the other for work.
"I would be fine with an electric truck, with a few caveats. Range has to be decent, and towing capacity for light duty trailers, along with some power under the "gas" petal. You need some torque and power to tow, so that is the challenge the automakers must overcome," writes James Arnold, whose Toyota Tacoma is pictured in this story. He also added that 100+ miles of range "is sufficient" when it comes to a decent range for a start. "But that's hard to judge, some folks really don't need that much range, but others do," Arnold writes.
Some people pointed out to the availability of Lithium Ion batteries, which are already being used to power commercial electric vehicles, such as buses and off-highway cars. But they also questioned the cleanness of battery technology. "The making of most rechargeable batteries is almost as bad as the output of a gas engine. Organic batteries or a way to reuse pollutants or something and I am absolutely sold. Better batteries means faster charging means longer trips with less stops," writes a commenter named Chris. He, though, also acknowledges that his source on the pollution created by the manufacturing of rechargeable batteries is from 2013 and it may be a bit old now. Has the technology of making EV batteries improved, becoming a more clean? How clean is the source electricity put in my truck?
If Tacomas one day went electric it may not be correct to assume that they will be used by regular people. They, or EV trucks in general, will probably be used by fleet companies or cities for which the distance is not an issue. "I could see the first waves of truck style EVs to be fleet operated by cities and governments. There, distance might not be as big an issue. I could even see EVs used in Mining, especially underground where we have an abundance of power and a demand for low emissions. It's going to start somewhere," points Matts in a concluding comment.
What is your opinion? Would you drive an electric Toyota Tacoma if the above-mentioned concerns were addressed? What range would you need to make it acceptable for you?