Isuzu launches first electric truck

Isuzu Motors is the latest entrant in Japan's increasingly competitive EV truck sector.

The automaker launched a fully electric version of its light-duty Elf truck on Tuesday, and is offering it with three battery capacity options. Isuzu says it can get about 170 kilometers to a charge.

The Japanese government has set a goal for total sales of new small trucks and other commercial vehicles to be 20-to-30-percent electric by 2030. That includes hybrids.

The industry is already embracing the shift. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus is planning an updated model of its small EV truck this year.

And Hino Motors launched an electric truck last year that can get 150 kilometers to a charge.