Toyota announces the new Battery Electric Vehicle: the bZ3

Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled its all-new BEV–the bZ3. The bZ3 will be the second model in the brand’s bZ series, including the bZ4X models. The bZ3 will be developed jointly under the joint venture between three companies, including Toyota itself (for design), BYD (for batteries), and FAW Toyota (for manufacture and sales). 

The bZ3 gets Toyota’s e-TNGA EV platform and inherits its design elements from its other sibling–the bZ4X. The EV measures 4725mm in length,1835 mm in width, and 1475 mm in height. The bZ3 gets a hammerhead shark-like design and all of its design elements are intended to increase the range such as its soft bumpers reduces air resistance. Inside, the electric sedan comes with a vertical display screen on the dashboard, leather-upholstered seats, a two-spoke steering wheel, head-up display, rear AC vents, a tray-type console, wireless charging system, and leather-upholstered seats, among others.

The bZ3’s powertrain hasn’t been completely revealed yet, however, the sedan will be powered by BYD’s lithium-ion battery that offers maximum safety, life cycle, and power. The battery will maintain 90% of its charging capacity even after 10 years of use. Moreover, the company claims that the car will provide a range of more than 600 km. 

While the complete specification is yet to be revealed, here are some of the known specifications.

Battery typeBYD’s Lithium-ion Battery 
Width 1835 mm
Height1475 mm
Wheelbase2880 mm
Cd value0.218
Seating capacity5

Toyota hasn’t released any news regarding the bZ3’s launch date and pricing, but it is likely to be more affordable than the Tesla Model 3. The electric sedan is expected to be launched at the end of the year and will serve as a rival to the Tesla Model 3.

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