It might have a name that looks as though a cat walked across a keyboard at Toyota HQ, but the new bZ4x is the Japanese giant’s first ever, purpose-built battery electric car.
Officially on sale in early December, first deliveries of the bZ4x will start next year. According to Toyota, which has been an advocate of so called ‘self-charging’ hybrid petrol engines, the bZ4x will be the first in a new range of all-electric Toyota models that aim to capitalise on the growing market for battery electric cars.
Toyota has confirmed that productions models will be fitted with a 71.4kWh battery that is expected to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles (the vehicle hasn’t been given an official WLTP figure yet). Interestingly, all models will be equipped with a heat pump (a device that helps minimise battery drain in cold conditions) as standard, along with a roof-mounted solar panel that could add extra charge on sunny days.