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Electrify Your Next Trip with the Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX

Posted at Fri, Sep 9, 2022 9:00 AM

Not too long ago, the concept of an electric pickup truck was regarded among many as unthinkable and unworkable. Fortunately, Toyota already had extensive experience in proving to consumers just how practical electric vehicles could be, and so they got to work on designing the 2022 Tundra i-FORCE MAX. This brand new hybrid-electric pickup is not only powerful, it also meets and exceeds every standard set for pickup trucks. The i-FORCE MAX is the first step in revolutionizing the pickup truck class, and we here at Westbury Toyota have gathered all the exciting details regarding it in one place for easy reading.

A Bold New Direction for the Tundra

One of the biggest hurdles in designing a hybrid pickup truck was the fact that many consumers were concerned that good fuel economy did not necessarily equate to good performance. Toyota set out to prove that the two could be correspondent and not only that, that one would necessitate the other.

“We were very sensitive to that point of view in the market, especially in the truck segment,” says Jay Sackett, Toyota Motor North America’s executive program manager. “While some of the technology used, like motors and inverters, is similar to the THS, this architecture and operation is totally different. Through our new i-FORCE MAX one-motor system, torque and power are supplied to the wheels in two individual paths, via the V6 turbo engine and via the electric motor."

This approach to the Tundra i-FORCE MAX was a way to surpass the expectations set by drivers while at the same time, designing a hybrid-electric pickup truck that could excel at everything consumers needed it to do. By putting both the V6 turbo engine and the electric motor in tandem, the performance output would be accumulative. Traditional hybrids operate by switching between the electric motor and the combustion engine, but in the Tundra i-FORCE Max both motor and engine work together to enhance the truck’s performance output. The end result was beyond impressive – the i-FORCE MAX’s total output is more than that of the previous model’s V8 engine.

In order to achieve all of this, the i-FORCE MAX’s engineering team realized that the electric motor needed to be located between the transmission and the combustion engine. Whenever driver input necessitated it, the motor would augment the engine’s output, delivering more torque. Alternatively, when there was delicate input from the throttle, the motor would take over the full load, which in turn led to the engine conserving fuel.

The end result of this feat of engineering is a hybrid-electric pickup truck that delivers 437 horsepower (hp) and 583 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and is capable of hauling payload of up to 1,665 pounds (lbs.) and towing up to 11,450 lbs. – and it can do all of this without any kind of strain. In fact, the combination of powertrains means that even at peak torque, the i-FORCE MAX runs at a very low RPM (revolutions per minute), meaning that it runs quieter and drives smoother even when towing or hauling.

The New Hybrid Breed

Toyota’s underlying goal in designing the 2022 Tundra i-FORCE MAX was to contribute to their admirable cause: Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Their complex and innovative engineering has delivered a truck that can handle anything thrown at it while also leaving behind significantly less carbon emissions. The 2022 Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX is an incredible feat of engineering, as well as an exciting stepping stone in Toyota’s journey. The automaker has proven that hybrid-electric vehicles are feasible no matter what form they take, and we look forward to seeing just what else they will turn their eye to in the coming years.

If you want to know more about the 2022 Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX, reach out to us here at Westbury Toyota and we will be more than happy to provide you with a chance to see for yourself just how impressive this bold new class leader really is for those who want to go green while also owning work.

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