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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series finally goes electric! Is this zero-emissions powertrain the future of the icon?

The Land Cruiser 70 Series has an all-electric powertrain for the first time.

Toyota has revealed the first all-electric version of the iconic LandCruiser 70 Series ute, and it’s already being put to work at a mining site.

The single-cab LandCruiser 70 Series in question was converted to an all-electric vehicle by Toyota Australia’s product planning and development division in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

The zero-emissions workhorse is currently in the process of being tested at a BHP Nickel West mining site in Western Australia as part of a small-scale pilot trial.

Ordinarily, the LandCruiser 70 Series is powered by a 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine, which is exclusively mated to five-speed manual transmission, but this particular example goes without that combination.

That said, it’s not yet known how many electric motors and what type of automatic transmission (let alone four-wheel-drive system) the all-electric variant has, with Toyota Australia confirming “more information will be provided in the coming months”.

Ordinarily, the LandCruiser 70 Series is powered by a 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine. Ordinarily, the LandCruiser 70 Series is powered by a 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine.

Either way, the company’s president and CEO, Matthew Callachor, said the undertaking was another step towards its vision of a zero-emissions future.

“BHP and Toyota have demonstrated a strong relationship throughout the last 20 years, and this project is a great testament to how we can both work together as leading companies in our respective industries to change the future,” he said.

BHP president of Minerals Australia Edgar Basto added: “This partnership is another step in our ongoing studies into how we can reduce the emissions intensity of our light-vehicle fleet.

“Reducing our reliance on diesel at our operations will help achieve our medium-term target of reducing operational emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.”