The first to launch will be RAV4-sized.
The BZ will be the Toyota-Subaru collaborative EV.
Many may have thought that Toyota has been asleep at the wheel these past five years. While numerous brands, Volkswagen and Hyundai in particular, launched their EV offensive, Toyota seemed to be focusing more on hybrids. The fact is that they too were putting their EV plans together. And the vehicles will go by the BZ nomenclature.
In only a week’s time, Toyota revealed a teaser image of their first EV and introduced us to their solid-state battery plans. The latter should debut as early as next year and re-write charging and range rules.
Earlier this year, Toyota announced the coming of their first EV and now we have a name, or series name, for the vehicle. Under the “BZ” nameplate, which stands for “Beyond Zero” as shared by AutoExpress, the vehicles will be known as the BZ1, BZ2, up to the BZ5. This first RAV4-sized (longer wheelbase, shorter overhangs likely) should go by BZ3 meaning there will be smaller and larger EVs to come. As well, a BZ4X, for example, would signal an AWD model.
The idea behind this vehicle’s styling is to establish its own identity, much like the Prius did when it was first launched. Toyota says that more details on the vehicle will be released in the coming months.