a 100% electric SUV with … solar panels

As promised, Toyota is introducing its new bZ4X SUV as part of its new commitment “Beyond Zero”. According to the automaker, this is the first in a line of 100% emission-free electric vehicles developed from the brand new modular platform e-TNGA, which has been designed and optimized for electric vehicles.

A new SUV “Beyond Zero Emission” from Toyota

In collaboration with Subaru, Toyota developed its brand new bZ4X concept, the small four-wheel drive SUV that benefits from the know-how of the two companies. The latter is still in concept form and should be marketed in mid-2022.

Toyota explains, “The Toyota bZ4X Concept, a midsize all-wheel-drive SUV, is part of Toyota’s transition from a traditional automaker to a company committed to better mobility for all.” An SUV that promises top-notch electric propulsion, which is supported by an integrated solar charging system to increase the overall range of the vehicle.

Toyota is also promising an SUV worth the name, with real crossing capabilities. All-wheel drive therefore aims to offer the driver real off-road capability and generally more safety on the road, regardless of the conditions. A vehicle equipped with a new “steer-by-wire” steering system that promises better overall control of the vehicle, with the added benefit of a new steering wheel with a unique design. “The driver no longer has to move his hands around the steering wheel when cornering, which increases the driving pleasure of the car,” explains Toyota.

Like many other manufacturers, Toyota’s global range will include more than 70 electrified vehicles by 2025, including at least 15 100% battery-electric models that the group promises. In Europe, this should lead to an engine mix that consists of more than 70% hybrids, more than 10% plug-in hybrids and more than 10% emission-free models.

Now it remains to discover the final design of this amazing Toyota bZ4X SUV (and whether it will keep that atypical steering wheel …) as well as its price.

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