Toyota bZ4X to be automaker’s first electric car in 2022
Toyota has dominated hybrids with the Prius and other vehicles for over a decade, but the automaker has been hesitant to embrace electric vehicles.
It ends in 2022 with the arrival of the Toyota bZ4X, a mid-size SUV.
The automaker released photos of the bZ4X on Friday and confirmed that the vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealerships in 2022.
Toyota said its internal testing based on Japanese regulatory specifications determined the vehicle would have a range of 310 miles on a single charge.
Pricing has not been released, but the bZ4X is expected to compete with electric SUVs like the Tesla Model Y and the Chevrolet Bolt utility vehicle.
The company has announced that it will introduce seven electric models under the bZ nameplate by 2025.
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The bZ4X will be able to charge up to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes on a fast charger, Toyota said.
The vehicle will come with an optional rooftop solar panel system capable of generating enough electricity to drive the vehicle over 1,100 miles per year.
Toyota sold partially electric vehicles like the rechargeable Prius Prime, which ran on battery power before gasoline arrived. But it’s Toyota’s first pure electric vehicle, which means it doesn’t take gasoline.
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