Toyota's New Electric Car: The bZ4X
Toyota, one of the world's largest car manufacturers, is set to release its newest addition to its lineup of electric cars - the bZ4X. The mid-sized Toyota bZ4x is an all-electric version of the popular ICE-powered RAV4,
Pricing has yet to be confirmed but Toyota Australia has confirmed, though, that “this car will be expensive” and won’t sell in any large volumes.
This is the Japanese conglomerate's first model wearing its ‘bZ’ (beyond Zero) badge as part of an EV push to offer 30 battery-electric vehicles by 2030.
Is Toyota Coming Out with an Electric Car?
Yes, Toyota has confirmed it is coming out with its first fully electric car to the Australian market - the bZ4X. It is expected to become available in late 2023. It is part of Toyota's plan to release a line up of 30 new fully electric cars by 2030.
How Much is the Toyota bZ4X Electric SUV in Australia?
The official price of the bZ4X for Australia has not yet been announced by Toyota. In the UK the single motor variant currently sells for £45,710 before on-road costs, which equates to $84,372 in Australia. This would make it more significantly more expensive than its competitors the Tesla Model Y RWD, Kia EV6 RWD and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
What is the Range of Toyota bZ4X?
Australian range figures have yet to be officially confirmed, however, they are expected to be broadly in line with figures for the European market. Under the WLTP driving cycle, the front-wheel drive bZ4X achieves a range of 516 km (143 Wh/km consumption) and the all-wheel drive bZ4X 470 km (158 Wh/km consumption).
Is the Toyota bZ4X Fully Electric?
Yes, the Toyota bZ4X is a fully electric SUV built on electric Toyota New Global Architecture (e-TNGA) was introduced in 2020 and is the base for the RAV4-sized Toyota bZ4X, shared with the Subaru Soltera, and upmarket Lexus RZ medium electric SUVs.
While modelled on the internal combustion engine TNGA architecture, this is a dedicated EV platform which is scalable in size, streamlines its product development, can house up to 100kWh battery sizes, and configurable in front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive powertrains. The three e-TNGA SUV models also boast a higher driver instrument display and a centre console storage under tray for the first time.
Toyota RAV4 EV
A current model Toyota RAV4 does not exist for sale. The original Toyota RAV4 EV, jointly developed with Tesla, was first released in 2012 as a limited-production electric SUV. However, it was discontinued in 2014 due to low sales.
The new bZ4X is Toyota's latest addition to its lineup of electric cars and is expected to provide a more sustainable and eco-friendly driving experience.
The Toyota bZ4X is an exciting new addition to Toyota's line up of electric cars. With Toyota's unmatched reputation for producing quality cars, the Toyota bZ4x has already garnered significant interest. While the official price and release date have not been announced yet, it is definitely a car to keep an eye on.
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