Ever since the bZ4X has been talked about, Toyota has been careful about details surrounding its first ever dedicated EV. For example, we actually got to see the model in full glory at the beginning of 2021, but the Japanese still insisted that it was a concept car, and they did not even release the official figures about the driving range when it was unveiled — even though we were allowed to drive the car. That is finally about to change, because with the announcement of its WLTP figures, we now know everything there is to know about the Toyota bZ4X.
470 or 516 kilometers
Since the new EV can be ordered in two flavors, we also get two sets of figures. To start with the long jumper, Toyota promises a consumption of 14.3 kWh/100 km for its front-wheel drive bZ4X, which gives a WLTP range of 516 kilometers. For the sake of completeness, this takes the model from a battery pack of 71.4 kWh, and the drive is provided by an electric motor on the front axle with 204 hp. If you want four-wheel drive, you get the same battery but two electric motors and a total of 218 hp. The efficiency drops slightly to 15.8 kWh/100 km, and the driving range to 470 kilometers.
These figures do not only say something about Toyota’s electric car, but also about the almost identical Subaru Solterra. We can therefore count on similar figures to apply to that model. In addition to this bZ4X, Toyota plans a whole host of such ‘Beyond Zero’ models, including an Aygo X lookalike and something reminiscent of an electric C-HR. By 2025, the Japanese already want three of those bZs in the range, and by 2030 there should be 30 electric Toyotas available worldwide. The manufacturer will not go fully electric with us until 2035.