The Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., commonly known as Daihatsu, is a Japanese automobile manufacturer and one of the oldest surviving Japanese internal combustion engine manufacturers. Daihatsu has a long-standing development program for electric vehicles, which began with the production of pavilion cars. An electric version of the company’s Fellow Max kei car also followed, the start of a series of prototypes.
The Daihatsu has unveiled the Pico EV Concept, a four-wheeler powered by an electric motor. In 2007, the company released a mild hybrid technology called the Daihatsu Mild Hybrid System, which is used in the Hijet/Atrai Hybrid-IV. In November 2021, Daihatsu released its first full hybrid system in mass production. The Daihatsu launched “e-Smart Hybrid”, which is a series of hybrid system as opposed to Toyota’s more modern parallel hybrid technology. The technology was first used by the hybrid version of the A200 Rocky series. It is also used by the Toyota-branded model, the Raize under the joint brand “Hybrid Synergy Drive”.
|Headquarters||Ikeda, Osaka, Japan|
|Revenue||1.364 trillion JPY (2020)|
|Subsidiaries||PT Astra Daihatsu Motor, MORE|
|Founders||Saneyasu Oka, Yoshiaki Yasunaga, Seishiro Tsurumi, Masashi Kuwabara, Zenjiro Takeuchi|