Toyota officially launched the bZ4X, its first fully electric car in nearly a decade

Toyota’s bZ4X electric vehicle arrives at dealers this spring, leading the Japanese automaker to launch a pure electric vehicle, its first in nearly a decade.

“Not only does the Toyota bZ4X all-electric SUV look to further Toyota’s commitment to a carbon-neutral future, it does so in style,” the company said after the vehicle’s launch this morning. “Ready to make a new imprint on the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) segment, the bZ4X blends bold, modern design with technology-packed features in a highly capable platform.”

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The bZ4X is Toyota’s first addition to the global bZ series, which stands for “Beyond Zero”. Designed and developed with a human focus, Toyota said it hopes to provide more than just a mobility solution for customers, but also an innovative space for drivers to imagine a new era of the company’s vehicles.

The bZ4X is a competitive and attractive option for electric vehicle buyers. Critical metrics like range and performance are at the focal point of any consumer’s decision in the emerging electric vehicle sector, and Toyota brought some competitive numbers to the table with its bZ introductory presentation. The bZ4X offers 252 miles of range on front-wheel drive XLE models and will start at just $42,000. Not to mention that bZ4X’s body design is a popular choice in the US market. Combining functionality and elegant design, it is neither bulky nor restrictive.

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Toyota said the bZ4X’s design focuses on a “dynamically flowing silhouette.” “The bZ4X’s shape is balanced and elegant, with dynamic character lines that flow from front to rear,” the automaker said. It’s sporty appearance also encapsulates some futuristic features, such as the closed grille area not achievable on a gas-powered car. Despite its design, it still has the classic Toyota look, keeping the car unique in its own way, and not straying far from the overall look of its cars.

Four parts levels, all under 50 thousand dollars

Toyota will offer four trim levels for the bZ4X: two grades with XLE and Limited and two-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD at 42 thousand dollars
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited FWD – $46,700
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE AWD – $44,080
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD, $48,780

Front-wheel drive trim levels will produce 201 horsepower, with all-wheel drive configurations offering a bit more at 214. Instantaneous torque will help the bZ4X achieve 7.1 seconds from 0-60 mph for FWD and just 6.5 seconds for AWD.

All bZ4X models are equipped with a J1772 / CCS1 socket, so home charging and general charging is a breeze. Toyota said there’s also a 6.6kW charger on board, allowing the bZ4X to charge from low to full in about 9 hours using the Level 2 charger at home or in public.

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Toyota’s big plans for electric cars

She added that about a quarter of Toyota’s total sales in the United States in 2021 were of its electrified vehicles. However, these are not pure electric vehicles, and they included electric hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids.

However, there are big plans for pure electric cars at Toyota, despite its focus on other powertrains for many years. Globally, Toyota plans to expand to around 70 electric models by 2025, comprising 15 dedicated pure electric vehicles. Seven of the fifteen will feature the bZ brand title. “This diverse range of electrified products will help propel Toyota toward its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050,” the company added. “Globally, Toyota has put more than 20 million electric models on the road – with CO2 The effect of reducing emissions is equivalent to carbon dioxide2 Reducing emissions of more than 5.5 million BEVs. Over the next nine years, Toyota will invest more than $70 billion in electrified vehicles as a whole with the goal of launching 3.5 million BEVs globally in 2030.”

Toyota plans to spend $13.6 billion developing electric vehicle battery technology by 2030

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Toyota officially launched the bZ4X, its first fully electric car in nearly a decade