The Toyota bZ4X is coming this year with a longer-lasting battery and free charging for 12 months
The Toyota bZ4X, the company's first mass-market fully electric SUV, is due to go on sale later this year. Toyota has made several announcements recently about this new car.
Firstly, a key concern with electric vehicles has been that many quick charging methods damage the car battery's health. Toyota has aimed to tackle this problem through innovative batteries made with Panasonic, which are also producing batteries for Tesla.
The batteries developed through the Panasonic and Toyota joint venture contain a special coolant that does not readily conduct electricity. The coolant, plus other technologies, means that these batteries still have over 90% of their capacity after a decade of use. This improved battery life should improve the bZ4X's resale value.
In another announcement, Toyota revealed a special offer for US customers who buy or lease the bZ4X; they will be eligible for a year of unlimited free charging on the EVGo network. EVGo currently has over 1,200 charging stations across 35 states, with plans to increase the network to 16,000 stalls by 2027.
The bZ4X was announced in December 2021, with the entry-level model revealed as having 201 bhp and front-wheel drive, with a 250-mile (~402-km) range. You will also have the option to upgrade to an all-wheel-drive dual-motor powertrain with 215 bhp and a slightly shorter range at 220 miles (~354 km). Toyota plans to start selling and delivering the bZ4X in mid-2022.