Toyota doesn’t believe in electricity, but here is its new electric car

Toyota is really struggling with electricity. The Japanese brand complains about low demand and at the same time prepares a new electric car, the bZ3, in collaboration with a Chinese giant in the field, BYD.

Toyota bZ SDN concept

Remember, that was only a few weeks ago. One of Toyota’s managers indicated during an interview that the electric car was not a solution. This senior official advocated diversity, highlighting in particular hybrids, a sector where the Japanese manufacturer is ultra-present. But on the 100% electric, it’s a different story, despite the very recent launch of its first electric car, the bZ4X SUV with an engine from GAC-Toyota.

Toyota bZ3: a BYD engine and battery

The Japanese manufacturer is preparing its new bZ3 electric sedan in China. To do this, Toyota has teamed up with the Chinese giant, the world’s second largest electric car manufacturer behind Tesla, I called BYD. The latter will arrive in Europe this year with three electric cars. Toyota went to recover the motor and battery (LFP type with Blade technology) from BYD, but uses its e-TNGA platform.

The bZ3 sedan is rear-wheel drive and offers two different power outputs: 183 hp and 244 hp, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h for both versions. The car is quite long at 4.72m against a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.47m with a wheelbase of 2.88m, similar to a Tesla Model 3. The weight, meanwhile, averages 1, 8 tons on the scale.

Two different finishes

We can see in the pictures two different finishes, one with 16-inch rims and the other mounted in 18 inches. The rear design is quite classic, reminiscent of the thermal Toyota Camry. The front is much more successful, with a thin and aggressive muzzle, a bit like an MG4. The design is very close to the bZ SDN concept that we saw last December.

Images of the interior and the technical characteristics of the car should be announced by Toyota later, as it is currently a leak from China, passed on by carnewschina. Toyota bZ3 should be officially unveiled in Novemberwith subsequent marketing, initially in China.

Does Toyota really believe in the electric car?

This leak comes at the same time as an intervention by a senior American executive from the Japanese manufacturer. Yes, Jack Hollis, head of Toyota sales in North America, believes that the US market is not ready for the arrival of electric cars as a relay Forbes. The man believes that the goal of reaching 50% of sales of new electric cars in 2030, which Joe Biden has set, is unrealistic.

California doesn’t think so, with its brand new rules mandating the sale of new electric cars from 2035, albeit with a nuance that should speak to Toyota. 20% of new cars sold in 2035 could be plug-in hybrids.

But wouldn’t this remarkable exit from Toyota be a way to tackle the US and its new ecological bonus, which prevents the brand’s cars from accessing it? And also a way to forget that the Japanese manufacturer only has one electric car to offer at the moment? However, remember that Toyota is planning 30 different electric cars by 2030.

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