Toyota does not believe in electrics but here is its new electric car

Toyota really struggles with electric. The Japanese brand complains of low demand and is preparing, at the same time, a new electric car, the bZ3, in partnership with a Chinese size in the field, BYD.

Toyota bZ SDN Concept

Remember, that was only a few weeks ago. One of the executives of Toyota indicated, during an interview, that the electric car was not a solution. This senior official advocated diversity, with in particular the highlighting of hybrids, a sector in which the Japanese manufacturer is ultra-present. But on the 100% electric, it’s another 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 named BYD. The latter arrives in Europe this year with three electric cars. Toyota went to recover the engine and the 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 powers: 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 is in the average with 1.8 tonnes on the scale.

Two different finishes

We can see in the photos two different finishes, one with 16-inch rims and the second mounted in 18 inches. The rear design is fairly 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.

Photos of the interior and the technical characteristics of the car should be announced by Toyota later, since it is currently a leak from China, relayed by Carnewschina. The 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. Indeed, Jack Hollis, head of Toyota sales for North America, thinks the US market is not ready for the arrival of electric cars as the relay Forbes. The man thinks the goal of reaching 50% of new electric car sales by 2030 set by Joe Biden is unrealistic.

California is not of this opinion, with its brand new regulations which impose the sale of new electric cars from 2035, with however a nuance which should speak to Toyota. 20% of new cars sold in 2035 may be plug-in hybrids.

But wouldn’t this remarkable exit from Toyota be a way to tackle the United States and their new ecological bonus which prevents the brand’s cars from having access to it? And also a way to forget that the Japanese manufacturer has only one electric car to offer at the moment? Remember, however, that Toyota is planning 30 different electric vehicles by 2030.

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