Toyota’s first entry into the electric vehicle (EV) space, the bZ4X, officially went on sale on Tuesday. At the same time, embargoes on media coverage of the new all-electric vehicle lifted. Take a look at the first reviews of the Toyota bZ4X:
2023 Toyota bZ4X Electric SUV First Look
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2023 Toyota bZ4X First Drive
Toyota originally unveiled the bZ4X in October of last year. The Japanese automaker showed off a bZ4X concept vehicle with a Tesla-like yoke steering wheel in April 2021, but the steering yoke is notably absent from the final release.
Toyota has partnered with charging network EVgo to offer a free year of charging to bZ4X buyers. EVgo has over 800 DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., as well as thousands of Level 2 charging stations across more than 35 states and 68 metro areas.
The bZ4X is the first in what will be a long line of battery-electric cars from Toyota. The ‘bZ’ in bZ4X refers to Toyota’s ‘Beyond Zero’ electric strategy, which will see the veteran carmaker launch 15 all-electric vehicles by 2025. The car’s ‘4X’ suffix refers to the fact that it comes with a four-wheel-drive powertrain.
The automaker plans to introduce 30 all-electric models by 2030, with a goal of selling 3.5 million EVs annually by that time. Apart from the bZ4X, Toyota is developing another six EVs that will be part of its ‘bZ’ line.
You can see some first drive videos of the bZ4X below (gosh, the name is terrible):
Back in December, Toyota announced plans to invest a whopping $70 billion in its transition to electric propulsion.
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