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An Isuzu electric truck based on the midsize N-Series is due out next year.   © (Photo courtesy of Isuzu Motors)

Isuzu to get serious about electric trucks

Commercial vehicles the new frontier as world goes green

| Japan

TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors will launch in 2018 an electric light-duty truck suitable for trash collection and light shipping in cities, joining the growing global push to dispense with gasoline and diesel in commercial vehicles.

Based on the popular N-Series midsize offerings, this will mark the automaker's first widely available electric truck. It will charge in an hour or so and offer a range of around 100km -- enough for a day of the short-range deliveries many light-duty trucks are used for.

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