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Power 218 hp, cruising range of 500 km and solar panel on the roof. Declassified Toyota bZ4X – the first serial electric car of the Japanese company

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Toyota previously announced its first electric vehicle, the bZ4X, and now the company has unveiled a production version and revealed specifications. The bZ4X is a crossover with dimensions almost exactly like the RAV4, but inside the car is much more spacious: the wheelbase length is 2850 mm versus 2690 mm for the RAV4.

Externally and internally, the bZ4X is not much different from the prototype: both the interior and the exterior look futuristic. Externally, the bZ4X is somewhat similar to the Lexus NX, but inside the novelty with the Tesla Model S Plaid is related to the use of a steering wheel instead of a steering wheel. True, this is an option, and the usual steering wheel is in the base.

Power 218 hp, cruising range of 500 km and solar panel on the roof.  Declassified Toyota bZ4X - the first serial electric car of the Japanese company

The bZ4X is built on the e-TNGA platform, created in conjunction with Subaru. The car has two versions: basic – front-wheel drive with an electric motor with a capacity of 204 hp, for an additional charge they will offer all-wheel drive with two electric motors with a total capacity of 218 hp. The acceleration time to 100 km / h is 8.4 and 7.7 s, respectively. In general, Toyota is not going to make a supercar out of its first electric car.

Power 218 hp, cruising range of 500 km and solar panel on the roof.  Declassified Toyota bZ4X - the first serial electric car of the Japanese company

There are no options for choosing a traction battery – its capacity is 71.4 kWh. The power reserve of the front-wheel drive version is 500 km (according to the WLTC cycle), the all-wheel drive version is 460 km. Fast charging is supported: from stations with a capacity of 150 kW, the traction battery is charged to 80% in 30 minutes. And to increase the mileage between recharges, a solar panel is provided on the roof. The cost of the Toyota bZ4X has not yet been announced. The electric vehicle will go on sale next year.

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I bought a Tesla – share with your friends. Tesla app highlights future car sharing features

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Tesla has long been talking about plans to introduce features related to the ability to share its cars. And now, hints of upcoming features appeared in the mobile application.

In the code of the new version of the Tesla app 4.3.1, three new features were mentioned:

  • Share your Tesla car with others
  • Vehicle sharing assets
  • Vehicle sharing endpoints

The functions themselves, apparently, are not in the application yet, but from the names we can understand what to expect from the upcoming updates. Tesla already allowed owners to add other users through a feature on its site last year. Tesla is now looking to integrate the same functionality into its mobile app.

Such a function will allow not only to easily and simply share a car with friends or family members, but also, for example, rent out your car for a short-term rental as part of a car-sharing service, which Tesla has talked about more than once.

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In Norway, they practically stopped buying cars exclusively with internal combustion engines.

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At the end of November, Norway again demonstrated an incredible level of electrification of the car market.

73.8% of all new cars sold in November were fully electric. This is less than in September, when the indicator was 77.5%.

However, if we add hybrids to the calculations, then the figure in November will grow to 94.9% against 91.5% in September. That is, the share of electric vehicles has slightly decreased, and hybrids have grown significantly, and as a result, the share of electrified cars has grown in general.

In more detail, 356 gasoline vehicles, 416 diesel vehicles, 3,288 hybrid vehicles and 11,274 all-electric vehicles were sold in Norway in November. The shares of the above segments are respectively 2.3%, 2.7%, 21.1% and 73.8%. For comparison, a year earlier the corresponding indicators were 5.1%, 5.4% 33.3% and 56.1%.

Market leaders last month were:

  • Tesla Model Y (1,013 units)
  • Tesla Model 3 (771 units)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 (725 units)
  • Audi Q4 e-tron (661 units)
  • Nissan Leaf (655 units)

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Toyota will move to electric vehicles as slowly as possible. At least in Western Europe

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Toyota is a fairly active opponent of the rapid transition to electric vehicles, but it has nowhere to go.

Recently, the European division of the company presented its 14-year development plan called Kenshiki (“discernment”). The main attention there is paid precisely to the transfer of cars to “green” energy sources.

In particular, the company expects that by 2030 in Western Europe, sales of ZEVs (electric vehicles and hydrogen cars) will reach at least 50%. The company also notes that it will be able to increase the production of such cars if there is demand.

Moving beyond 2030, we anticipate further increases in demand for ZEVs and Toyota will be poised to achieve a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions in all new vehicles in Western Europe by 2035 if sufficient infrastructure for hydrogen charging and refueling is in place by then. and the capacity of renewable energy sources will increase, which will require

At the same time, Toyota’s plans here clearly coincide with the European Green Deal program, which was announced in the summer. That is, Toyota is not going to be the fastest in this race, but intends to switch to such cars as carefully and slowly as the laws of a particular market will allow.

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