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Old 09-18-2021, 06:06 PM   #111 (permalink)
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A body on frame already has the spare space to locate the battery, a solution to eliminate the driveshaft, and an opportunity to balance the weight bias for better handling and ride comfort.
Switching from longitudinal engine to transverse might not be rocket-science, and would make it easier to provide such solution even to a full-size American truck. Or in a relatively smaller class, the drivetrain of a Rav4 hybrid into a Tacoma.

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Old 09-19-2021, 02:01 AM   #112 (permalink)
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I would love a PHEV Taco.
I'm sure you're not the only one. BTW recently there are rumors about Toyota eventually going to make hybrid versions of the Hilux, so maybe it could also apply to the Tacoma, yet I wouldn't hold my breath for any body-on-frame Toyota truck to switch from longitudinal engine and either RWD or 4WD to transverse engine and either FWD or e-AWD, even though maybe it could lead to greater economics of scale somehow.
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I would love a PHEV Taco.
Toyota is revealing the 2022 Tundra today (19-September). It is supposedly getting a hybrid version. Considering the Tundra and Tacoma share the same platform a hybrid Tacoma would be logical.
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This video shows the differences well between the top Maverick and the $20,000 one. I like the $20,000 one just fine. I'm sure at some point they will offer AWD on the less expensive hybrid, but I also think the FWD will get along fine on everything but off roading.
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I'm sure at some point they will offer AWD on the less expensive hybrid
If there would be a demand from the biggest fleet customers, a hybrid AWD would be easier to justify from a marketing standpoint.


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I also think the FWD will get along fine on everything but off roading.
Even though FWD is not so great for it, I have already seen some trucklets going OK on mild off-roading.

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