Toyota bZ3 electric sedan announced to take on the Model 3 with lower price tag and BYD blade battery
After the bZ4X SUV, Toyota has announced another electric vehicle this year, the 2023 bZ3 sedan, developed in partnership with Tesla's main competitor BYD. Toyota China has taken the powertrain components like batteries and motor, and has designed the new electric sedan around them with dimensions slightly longer but narrower than the Model 3.
While the official Toyota bZ3 price is yet to be revealed, the automaker did disclose that there are versions with 49.92 kWh and 65.28 kWh phosphate batteries that are good for 517 km (321 miles) and 616 km range on a charge at China's localized CLTC testing standard, respectively.
The Toyota bZ3 price will probably be rather affordable, at a rumored starting tag of US$28,000, quite a bit lower than the Model 3 in China, as the sedan only has a RWD version with one electric motor which differentiates the variants by 135 kW or 180 kW power output. Developed together by Toyota, BYD, and FAW Toyota, the new bZ3 electric sedan has been manufactured on the new e-TNGA platform of the company for electric vehicles.
Toyota noted that it has leveraged its decades of experience with hybrid electric vehicles in features like regenerative braking in order to arrive at a very frugal and efficient vehicle. Coupled with BYD's LFP batteries in a blade design that enhances their endurance and safety, the bZ3 could be propelled for up to 373 miles on a charge, the manufacturer claims. The batteries are rated to retain 90% capacity after 10 years of usage, so the bZ3 warranty will probably be rather generous, too.