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Isuzu confirms electric D-Max pickup for Europe

An electric version of the Isuzu D-Max pickup truck will arrive in Europe ahead of the rest of the world, confirmed Isuzu’s president and CEO, Shinsule Minani.


“Isuzu is actively taking efforts to realise a carbon-neutral society. Going forward, Isuzu plans to produce a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) pickup truck in Thailand,” said Minami as the revised D-Max was unveiled in Thailand. He then revealed that “Isuzu will first introduce it in Europe and then examine its gradual roll out by meeting the needs of each market, including Thailand.”

We understand that the development of the new electric pickup will be limited to converting the existing platform to electric, which is made easier as the manufacturer already has its N Series electric van (below) available in other territories and can share many components.


The N Series van can be powered by the same 3.0-litre diesel engine found in the D-Max pickup in markets outside Europe. By replacing the engine with an electric motor, Isuzu has proven that the same process could be carried out on the popular pickup.

The batteries under the van are packaged in 20kWh modules, allowing operators to choose between more packs with increased range but higher weights and costs or fewer packs for maximum cargo-carrying capability but reduced operating range.


With an anticipated output of 204hp — up from the 164hp of the diesel-powered model — the electric-powered D-Max will be competitive on power. The Maxus T90 EV is the only other electric pickup currently on sale in the UK, producing 201hp.

Other manufacturers are working to join the electric pickup market, with Ssangyong expecting to have an offering by the end of 2024 and Fisker considering launching the all-electric Alaska in the UK. The Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok will both hit the pickup market as plug-in hybrid vehicles first, but are anticipated to be available in full electrified form in the near future.


High-profile electrified pickups, such as the Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 Lightning, aren’t destined for UK shores, although Ford will be bringing its offering in limited numbers to selected European markets.

Initial deliveries of the electric D-Max are expected to be in Norway, with other European countries to follow.

You can lease a traditionally-fuelled Isuzu D-Max pick-up with Select Van Leasing from £298 per month*, ex VAT. 

*Prices exclude VAT. Credit is Subject to Status, Ts and Cs and Arrangement Fees apply. Excess mileage may apply. Stock levels and prices correct as of 15/11/23.


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Friday, 17/05/2024