First all-electric Toyota debuts in Europe

First all-electric Toyota debuts in Europe-europe

Only a few weeks after its world premiere, the new Toyota bZ4X will be presented to the European public for the first time. The Japanese group announced that the brand’s first electric car will be on the local markets in 2022. It is based on a platform designed exclusively for electric drives, which was developed in cooperation with the all-wheel drive specialist Subaru. Under the abbreviation “bZ” (beyond zero), Toyota intends to launch a whole range of battery-electric vehicles on the market in the future, according to a press release.

According to the company, design and technology largely correspond to the concept vehicle presented in the spring. The Toyota bZ4X is 85 millimeters lower than its compact SUV sister model, the RAV4 Hybrid, but has shorter overhangs and a wheelbase that is 160 millimeters longer. The front end does not require a large radiator grille. Wheels of up to 20 inches in flared wheel arches and striking side skirts underscore the off-road character.

According to the company, the all-electric SUV features numerous aerodynamic details for maximum efficiency and range: There are openings deep in the corners of the front bumper that create a gentle curtain of air. The full underbody cover, a two-part roof spoiler and a rear diffuser and spoiler complete the aerodynamic fine-tuning.

The Toyota bZ4X is available with front and all-wheel drive. The so-called “single pedal drive” means that the Toyota bZ4X can be driven with just one pedal, regardless of the drive. The all-wheel drive model has electric motors on the front and rear axles. Various driving modes can be selected for perfect traction. A heat pump and an efficient heating system should make the vehicle suitable for winter use. In addition, the bZ4X has a CCS2 connection, which enables charging at 150 kW fast charging stations. With the optional solar roof, the power of the sun can also be used for charging.

The third generation of “Safety Sense” also makes its debut with the all-electric Toyota bZ4X: Improvements to the millimeter wave radar and camera mean that hazards can be detected earlier, according to Toyota. The extended pre-collision system detects oncoming and cutting-in vehicles early and reacts accordingly by adjusting the speed and, if necessary, initiating a braking manoeuvre. The software is also continuously updated with the help of “over-the-air” updates.

Like hardly any other brand, Toyota is pursuing a cross-technology approach to electrification. In addition to hybrid vehicles, the Japanese manufacturer also offers plug-in hybrids, a fuel cell model and the new bZ4X, the first independent, battery-electric vehicle.

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8 thoughts on “First all-electric Toyota debuts in Europe”

  1. It’s definitely not bad. With the Asians, the question arises as to how they can still get the curve to the electric drive without losing face after all the hydrogen din

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  2. Despite Toyota‘s late entry into BEVs, this brand still has a greener overall emissions balance than any other ICE OEM.
    Through the consistent use of hybrids for over 20 years, the conscious renunciation of diesel and cheat PHEVs, Toyota is far ahead of the local manufacturers in terms of development technology, who bring BEVs to their customers more badly than right and still prefer to expose combustion engines to the environment.
    Toyota does not have to be accused of emissions fraud either.
    But the main thing is electric and good luck with it 🙂

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  3. This BEV should sell better than the FCEV (Toyota Mirai), as well as be cheaper, more efficient and require less maintenance. With the BEV, Toyota probably doesn’t have to spend any money on it, as is to be expected with the FCEV.

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  4. With Toyota it will be even more exciting in the BEV sector. The train is racing. While elsewhere works councils fight for a say, elsewhere it is simply implemented. The Toyota looks cheeky. Not a mass folk car design.

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  5. Nice car and a lot of great parameters. But just too wide. A width of 1.86 is a hindrance 10 times per trip in Switzerland. I always hoped at least Toyota would stick to reasonable widths; they used to have very good, narrow cars. It’s not just overweight Americans in the world.

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  6. Unfortunately again an SUV, when finally there will be affordable sedans and station wagons with Golf dimensions and AZV (from me with only 500kg trailer load)?

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  7. You could hardly have made your face uglier and more aggressive, and there are already too many wide cars clogging up the parking spaces. In my eyes this is an E-Dino.

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