Toyota’s first all-electric sedan, the bZ3 has started to roll off the production lines at the FAW-Toyota plant in China. Being left behind on the EV forefront, the bZ3 is so far Toyota’s only second pure electric vehicle after the bZ4X SUV.
The bZ3 was jointly developed by Toyota and BYD as a result of their collaboration initiated in the year 2020. While the car has been designed by Toyota, its motor, electrical control system, and battery pack are sourced from BYD.
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Built on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform, the bZ3 comes fitted with BYD’s Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery with a capacity of 49.92 kWh and 65.28 kWh depending on the variant, which results in achieving a maximum cruising range of 517 km and 616 km respectively, under the CLTC (China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle).
BYD has provided Toyota with a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 180kW and a peak torque of 303 Nm. The bZ3 has a top speed of 160 km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds.
Although initially the bZ3 electric sedan is restricted to the Chinese market only, however as per some previous reports, Toyota might introduce the bZ3 EV in Europe to compete against the likes of Tesla Model 3.
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The pre-sale price for Toyota bZ3 in China starts from 189,800 yuan ($27,400) & goes as high as 219,800 yuan ($31,800) for the top-spec variant. – USD). Deliveries in China are set to commence within Q1 of 2023. According to Toyota, the first 5,000 customers of the bZ3 can book it online for 2,000 yuan ($290) before 31st May to get a 5,000 yuan ($725) subsidy when the car hits the market. First customers will also get free maintenance for 10 years or 200,000 km, 24-hour free road assistance, and free charging pile.
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