Toyota's first battery EV has 280-mile range and a solar roof option

Toyota teased the bZ4X in April. This is the first of seven Beyond Zero fully-electric vehicles that the automaker claimed would be available by 2025. The company did not reveal much about the bZ4X other than the fact that it was working with Subaru on the SUV's development and that it would feature its upcoming eTNGA powertrain. It changed all that on Friday when it revealed the production version.
Toyota will offer the new bZ4X both in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. The bZ4X's front-wheel-drive variant will have a single 150 kW motor that can accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds. According to the WLTC standard the FWD model's 71.4 kWh battery will be able to drive approximately 500 km or 310 miles per charge. This estimate will decrease after the EPA tests it. These measurements are also based on the Japanese model. Toyota may release a different model in the US.


It can be charged with 150 kW DC fast, which will allow it to charge from dead to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. The AWD model will have two 80kW motors in each axle. This gives it a total power output 160 kW. The AWD model can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.7 seconds. Toyota estimates that the AWD model can travel 460 km or 285 miles with a single charge. The battery is integrated into both versions of the SUV's chassis. This design decision by Toyota helps to lower the SUV's center of gravity as well as improve the chassis rigidity.

Toyota plans to add some cool features to the bZ4X. Toyota claims that the bZ4X will be equipped with a solar roof, which can generate free electricity for about 1120 miles. The steering-by-wire feature will allow you to disconnect the mechanical link between the front and rear wheels. These features will only be available on select models.

In mid-2022, the bZ4X will be available in the US and other countries.