Joylong E6 is an electric twist of the previous generation Toyota HiAce

The van you see in the photos is not the previous generation Toyota HiAce, but a fully electric Joylong E6 from China, which has long been on the Australian market. In fact, the new model is an EV version of the Joylong A-Series vans with ICE, produced in China since 2009.

The design similarities between Joylong and Toyota are obvious, vans with cabs look almost identical. In fact, the only difference we can see is the slightly aggressive angle of the headlights, grille and slightly different taillights. From the official photos we can see that the Joylong is available with two different bumper designs. However, Australians accustomed to seeing HiAce vans on the streets may mistake Joylong for Toyota.

See also: Man donates Toyota HiAce taxi van with Lambo-inspired body kit and 592 HP Twin-Turbo V12

The previous generation Toyota HiAce Combi has a higher roof version (below) compared to the Joylong E6 (above).

Initially, we thought that the Chinese company had a design licensing agreement, because the parts are interchangeable. However, according to Wikipedia, Joylong has never worked with Toyota, which is really like other Chinese automakers that produce and sell recycled HiAce vans. Toyota, which has sold so many fifth-generation HiAce (H200) units since 2004, no longer cares. In addition, in 2019, the Japanese automaker released a new sixth-generation HiAce (H300).

Returning to the Joylong E6, it is an A6 with a length of 5,990 mm (235.8 inches), a width of 1,880 mm (74 inches) and a height of 2,320 mm (91.3 inches). has the same trace as. mm (146.5 inches). It is available in 12-seater and 14-seater versions, the first being the most popular in Australia with a regular driver’s license.

The interior is a clear copy of de HiAce, standard equipment includes a small infotainment entertainment touch screen, reversing camera, independent front and rear air conditioning, electrically operated side stairs, folding rear seats and six dynamic sound systems. Safety is very simple, front airbags, ABS, EBD and disc brakes – you will not find ADAS in Joylong because it is not a VW ID. Buzz Robotaxi.

As for the power supply system, the E6 is rated at 80 hp. (60 kW / 82 PS) and 382 Nm (282 lb-ft) of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear axle. The 86.1 kW / h liquid cooling battery is good for the advertised range of 300 km (186 miles) in the city cycle and 280 km (174 miles) on the highway at full load. According to Joylonng, the battery pack is located low in the center, which “makes it much safer to turn than a normal bus.” Charging takes five hours on a 20 amp circuit and less than four hours on a 32 amp circuit.

Prices start at $ 90,000 AUD ($ 64,867 USD) for Australian buyers interested in purchasing the Joylong E6. The model was produced in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, but the company believes that it has been carefully tested on Australian soil.

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