Toyota’s recently-unveiled Proace City compact duty van and the larger Proace medium duty van will soon be available with electric powertrains as well.
The Japanese automaker said that battery electric versions of the Proace and Proace City will be introduced in Europe as early as 2020. The announcement is part of an ambitious growth plan for Toyota’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) business that will be supported by a new division, Toyota Professional.
With many European cities enforcing low emission regulations, Toyota says it will add Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) versions of the Proace and Proace City in collaboration with platform supplier Groupe PSA. The first Toyota electric van to arrive will be the Proace in 2020 followed by the Proace City in 2021.
No further details were released, but it’s safe to say the two will share the electric powertrains with the EV versions of the Peugeot Expert/Citroën Jumpy/Opel Vivaro and Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo/Opel Combo.
Toyota is using this new product offensive to launch its LCV brand strategy called Toyota Professional. The company says the initiative “will bring further focus and dedication to LCV across its network.” In addition, Toyota will deploy a new LCV network strategy to provide a specialized LCV customer experience. As part of the Toyota Professional strategy, some existing business centers will become LCV centers with specialized staff.
“The expansion and electrification of Toyota Motor Europe’s LCV product range will be supported by new branding, Toyota Professional. It highlights Toyota’s commitment to its growing LCV customers, including dedicated network to ensure the right customer experience,” said Matt Harrison, Toyota Motor Europe Executive Vice President.
From early 2020, when the Proace City goes on sale, Toyota Professional’s lineup will include three models: the Proace City compact duty van, Proace medium duty van, and the Hilux pickup.
Note: ICE-powered Toyota Proace City compact duty and Proace medium duty vans pictured