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Australian Road Infrastructure Services Company, Evolution Group, To Convert Its ICE Vehicles To Electric In Partnership With Tembo

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The Toyota Hilux pickup is one of the preferred workhorse in many sectors. It is used extensively by companies in the construction sector. Over 19 million Toyota Hiluxes have been sold worldwide since it was launched some decades ago. The Toyota Hilux could finally be getting an electric version.

Recently, Toyota unveiled the Toyota Hilux Revo BEV Concept as part of Toyota Thailand’s 60th Anniversary. Thailand is a major production hub for the Toyota Hilux. Looking at the pictures of the Toyota Hilux Revo BEV Concept, it doesn’t look so “concepty” and this could spring some hope that it is not too far from going into production. An all-electric Hilux would be a game-changer.

It’s good to see that Toyota could be bringing an electric Hilux soon. Another way to accelerate the transition to electric mobility is to convert the current fleet of ICE vehicles around the world to electric. Streamlining conversion kits to zone in on a particular model is one way of ensuring that significant volumes of ICE vehicles can be converted by targeting fleet operators and in the process facilitate faster production processes and lead times. This is why the several companies in the conversion industry have zoned in on the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Toyota Hilux. One of the leaders in this space is Tembo.

Tembo EV Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of VivoPower International PLC, recently signed an agreement with Evolution Group Holdings Limited for the full electrification of its fleet of light utility vehicles for traffic management and fleet management. Under the definitive agreement, Tembo Australia will convert existing and new vehicles to full electric over the next 5 years, subject to the successful completion of commercial and technical on-road trials, with a target to have the first fully electrified utility vehicle certified and roadworthy in 2023.

Evolution has 15 depots across Australia and New Zealand, as well as dedicated personnel in the Philippines. Evolution is involved in traffic control and traffic management as well as complimentary areas such as road corridor barriers and bridge joint maintenance, fleet maintenance and management, as well as road construction and safety related training. The Evolution Group is one of the largest non-government providers of road infrastructure services across Australia and New Zealand. The company has a specialized fleet of over 500 vehicles for its traffic management and fleet management services (including the Toyota Hilux) and has an employee base of over 700 personnel across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.

These types of construction industry functions and their operations cycles are perfect for electric vehicles. It is really great to hear that Evolution will be the first traffic management company in the world to commit to fleet electrification and repowering, which is in keeping with its objective to deliver cost-effective, sustainable and environment-friendly solutions for clients from both the private and public sectors in Australia and New Zealand. I hope to see more companies in this industry also adopt full electrification.

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