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Toyota has released images and high-level details of a modular EV van concept called Kayoibako, prior to the chunky, city-sized vehicle taking its place on the Japanese giant’s stand at this year’s Japan Mobility Show (October 19 – November 5, 2023).
Positioned as a mobility “base unit”, the Kayoibako takes its name from configurable shipping containers designed to transport parts and products between production facilities, “sized to eliminate waste” and configurable via “changeable inserts”.

At just under 4.0m long, close to 1.8m wide and 1.85m tall the compact, zero-emissions machine is designed to be affordable and flexible with the powertrain and interior layout changeable depending on the application required. For context, these dimensions make the Kayoibako larger than the available-overseas Kia Ray but smaller than local electric commercial offerings like the Peugeot e-Partner and Renault Kangoo E-Tech.

Toyota says the boxy, Lego-like unit can be fitted with product display shelves for retailing in local communities, equipped with additional seats for duty as a shuttle bus or plugged into smart distribution systems for ‘last mile’ logistics.

Plus it can be customised for private use with multi-row seating as well as access for wheelchairs.

Toyota is also set to show an electric two-door sports car, the FT-Se, an electric SUV, the FT-3e, and even an electric version of the segment-leading HiAce at the Japan Mobility Show.

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