Is This An Electric Tundra Test Mule?
A Tesla visitor recently spotted an electric Toyota Tundra on the company grounds. This truck, which seems to have a Tesla battery control module in the bed, could be a test mule for an electric Tundra.
In May 2010, Toyota and Tesla announced their intentions to work together to build an electric RAV4, and it must be remembered that Toyota is one of Tesla’s largest investors, so the possibility that this is a testing platform is real.
Why would this truck be a good test platform?
- It’s a longbox extended cab, which means it has plenty of room for a pickup-truck sized battery pack.
- It’s a base Tundra Grade model, which means there are a minimal number of accessories that require electricity, not to mention it’s the least expensive vehicle Toyota makes, which means it’s the most affordable to hack to pieces for testing
- Most importantly, the gas tank is clearly plugged
What does this mean for Tundra owners?
It’s been known for a few months now that Ford and Toyota are co-developing a hybrid powertrain for the Tundra and F150, with the expected release date being in 2016. An electrified Tundra co-produced with Tesla might not debut until after the hybrid Tundra hits the ground (if it debuts at all), but a plug-in version of the Tundra hybrid makes a ton of sense.
To us, this looks like the real deal. What do you think?
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