The Proace Max: Could Toyota’s venture into the large electric van segment signal a pivotal change in the market? 

  • Toyota electrifies the scene with its latest release, an electric van built on the foundation of the Ducato.
  • Proace Max is storming into the large van arena, packing an electric punch to shake up the game.
  • Toyota amps up its Stellantis partnership with the Proace Max, while giving an update to its smaller LCVs.

Toyota electrifies the road with the Proace Max, a sleek electric van born from the Ducato 

Since May 2022, whispers have hinted at an alliance brewing between these titans. Stellantis and Toyota have come together, starting with small vans and expanding to bigger models. Toyota strategically unveiled the Proace Max to coincide with Stellantis’ “Commercial Vehicles Ambition Day”.

The all-new Proace Max electric means business with a robust 200 kW motor and a hefty 110 kWh battery. That gives it a solid range of up to 420 km on a single charge. Toyota ditched the old-school 37 and 70 kWh options from the Fiat E-Ducato days – they’re out, the future’s in. Charging is a breeze at 150 kW, hitting 80% in just 55 minutes. Need a slower charge? There’s an 11 kW onboard charger for that. 

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Flexibility is the name of the game

They can choose from two wheelbases (3,450 mm and 4,035 mm), three lengths (5,413 mm, 5,998 mm, and 6,363 mm), and three heights (2,254 mm, 2,524 mm, and 2,764 mm). That means a huge 17 cubic meters of cargo space or room for five Euro pallets. But it’s not just about the panel van – the Proace Max offers versatility as a chassis for various builds, a platform truck, and even a tipper. And if you need seats, it comes as a single or double cab with a total seating capacity of up to 7. 

The BEV version of the Proace Max boasts a robust gross vehicle weight rating of 4,250 kilograms. Toyota guarantees a payload capacity of 1,500 kilograms and an impressive towing capacity of 2,400 kilograms. It’s ready for heavy-duty performance, making it a reliable choice for varied hauling needs.

Stellantis will roll out production of the Proace Max from plants in Gliwice, Poland, and Atessa, Italy. Excitingly, the market debut is on the horizon, scheduled for the second half of 2024. 

The smaller electric Proace models will get a makeover with a new design and a sleek closed radiator grille. Thanks to these updates, the Proace City now extends its range to 330 km. That’s up by 50 km, offering a one-tonne payload and 4.4 cubic meters of cargo space. The larger Proace enjoys a range boost to 350 km, with a capacious 6.6 cubic meters of load compartment volume and a payload of up to 1.4 tonnes. Exciting improvements for both in design and performance. As the electric van sector flourishes, and competition stiffens, Toyota and Stellantis’ offering will keep the giants well and truly in the game.

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