Toyota recently unveiled its energy transition strategy and unveiled 15 electric vehicles, including concepts and prototypes. The Toyota BZ Small Crossover, which previews the brand’s future, cheapest electrified small SUV, was also on display.
The Toyota tiny electric SUV of the future will be the most fuel-efficient in its class. It is said to have a low power usage of 12.5kWh/100km, which is comparable to electric vehicles such as the JAC e-JS1 and the Renault Zoe.
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Toyota wants to make electric cars more mainstream by using vehicles with compact batteries that are lighter. “The more batteries used to expand the range, the bigger, heavier, and more expensive a car becomes,” Toyota’s CEO remarked. Because this SUV is a small vehicle, there is something we need to be very careful about. And that, my friends, is energy efficiency.”
The Toyota BZ Urban Compact SUV concept appears to be a production-ready car, with minor revisions expected before the final version. The compact crossover is based on the Toyota bZ4X and Toyota Aygo X, both of which were recently released. It will compete against B-segment electric vehicles such as the Peugeot e-2008 and the upcoming VW ID.2.
The e-TNGA platform underpins the Toyota bZ4X. The next compact electric SUV will most likely be built on a new platform called the E3 that is currently being developed for more economical battery-powered electric cars.
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