Toyota bZ4X Concept is the latest electric car with solar panels
Toyota is a leading supplier of hybrid vehicles, but the company has yet to dip its toes into the all-electric car market – but that’s about to change.
The Japanese company has unveiled the Toyota bZ4X Concept, an all-electric car that gives us a glimpse into the future of its electrified range, and a non-concept version of the Toyota bZ4X will be available to consumers.
By 2025, there will be 15 fully electric Toyota cars on the market, and the nickname “bZ”, which stands for “Beyond Zero”, will be spread across seven of the initial offerings.
Toyota hasn’t revealed too much about the spec of this midsize SUV, but we do know it comes with solar panels.
The power of the sun
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The bZ4X Concept has an “integrated solar charging system” which, according to Toyota, can extend the range of this battery-electric vehicle.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t show how much extra range these panels offer, but don’t get your hopes for a ton of extra miles.
We have already seen solar panels on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 that apparently “give an additional range of 2,000 km per year (around 5-6 km per day)”.
As the “4X” in its name suggests, this electric car is equipped with all-wheel drive, the system being developed in collaboration with Subaru and, according to Toyota, “offering real off-road capability”.
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According to Toyota, the bZ4X Concept offers a surprising amount of space for its class thanks to its long wheelbase and relatively short overhang at the front and rear.
There’s a large display at the top of the center console, and fans with traditional buttons will be pleased to see a selection of physical switches displayed below for quick access to key functions like climate.
Meanwhile, a digital instrument cluster sits behind a half-sized, futuristic steering wheel.
Since this is a concept car, various design elements (such as the steering wheel) and technical features may be changed for the production Toyota bZ4X.
We have asked Toyota for more information on the concept and production version of the bZ4X and will update this article with more information as it becomes available.