Toyota is considering transforming the off-road Land Cruiser, one of its most classic models, into an electric car. At the moment, the Japanese automaker is in the middle of a test with the vehicle for its conversion to electric propulsion in partnership with the company Australian of mining BHP

Toyota's project with the mining company, which has nickel mining operations in its home country, began earlier this year. The first objective was to convert a Land Cruiser 70 to work with an electric power unit battery powered for use in a BHP mining project dubbed Nickel West. 

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"This partnership is another step in our ongoing studies on how we can reduce the intensity of emissions from our light vehicle fleet," said BHP Australia's mining president, Edgar Basto, to the Hectrek

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“It is based on other LEV tests underway in South Australia and Queensland. Reducing our dependence on diesel in our operations will help achieve our medium-term goal of reducing operational emissions by 30% by 2030 ”, added the executive. 

For the president of the Australian division of the automaker, Matthew Callachor, the tests "demonstrated a strong relationship over the last 20 years" between the two companies. In addition, it would be proof that both can work together as leading companies in their respective sectors "to change the world". 

Pilot project

In Brazil, Land Cruiser was named Bandeirante. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

BHP and Toyota have already managed to develop an electric Land Cruiser prototype, which has been used in mining operations. However, the Australian division of the automaker does not rule out that the model can reach dealers. 

“We have now delivered a vehicle to BHP as a pilot and test project. And part of that is co-development, ”said Rod Ferguson, general manager of product planning and development for Toyota Australia, to CarsGuide

The Land Cruiser is one of the automaker’s most traditional cars, Brazil, the so-called Series 40 was the basis for Toyota Bandeirante, which was produced between 1958 and 2001. The car was so successful here that in many locations it is called “Toyota”, having become synonymous with the brand for many Brazilians. 

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