The van you see in the photo is not a previous generation Toyota HiAce, but a fully electric Joylong E6 from China that is already available in the Australian market. In fact, the new model is the EV variant of the ICE-powered Joylong A-Series van that has been manufactured in China since 2009.
The design similarities between Jayalang and Toyota are more pronounced, with cab-over vans almost identical. In fact, we can notice slightly more aggressive angles of headlights, grills and slightly different taillights. From the official photos, we can see that Jaylong is available with two different bumper designs. Still, Australians who are accustomed to seeing HIS vans plying their roads will probably mistaken Jayalang for a Toyota.
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Initially, we thought the Chinese company had a contract for the design license since the parts look interchangeable. However, according to Wikipedia, Jaylong has never worked with Toyota, unlike other Chinese carmakers who actually make and sell revised HIS vans. We estimate that Toyota no longer cares, having sold so many units of the fifth-gen HiAce (H200) since 2004. Moreover, the Japanese carmaker has released a completely new sixth-gen HiAce (H300) in 2019.
Back to the Jaylong E6, it has the same footprint as the ICE-powered A6, measuring 5,990 mm (235.8 in) long, 1,880 mm (74 in) wide and 2,320 mm (91.3 in) long, with an extended wheel, 370. mm (146.5 inches). Available in 12-seater and 14-seater variants, the former is the maximum one can drive in Australia with a regular driving license.
The interior also features a clear copy of the HiAce, a small infotainment touchscreen, a rear camera, independent front and rear air-conditioning, electrically adjustable side steps, foldable rear seats and standard equipment including a six-speaker sound system. Safety with front airbags, ABS, EBD, and disc brakes is rather basic – don’t expect to find any ADAS in a Joylong because it’s obviously not a VW ID. Lightning robotaxi.
In the case of the powertrain, the E6 is fitted with an electric motor that produces 80 hp (60 kW / 82 PS) and 382 Nm (282 lb-ft) of torque. The energy is transmitted to the rear axle. The 86.1 kWh liquid-cooled battery is ideal for 300 km (186 miles) on city cycles and 280 km (174 miles) on highways with full load. Jaylong said the battery pack is in a lower position in the center, which makes it “much safer in the corner than a normal bus”. A 20 amp circuit takes five hours to charge and a 32 amp circuit takes less than four hours
Prices start at $ 90,000 AUD ($ 64,867 USD) for Australian buyers who are interested in buying the Joylong E6. The model is manufactured in China’s Jiangsu province, but the company recommends that it be thoroughly tested on Australian soil.