The All-Electric Toyota bZ4X SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

All-Electric Toyota bZ4X
Price: £43,780
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 71.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 286 - 317 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Toyota Motor Corporation, known simply as Toyota, is a leading global automotive company. The company is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The company has already established an enviable track record for the development and marketing of environment friendly hybrid vehicles. Toyota has one of the largest portfolios of mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), currently 11 hybrid models. It is also a world leader in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The company currently has a portfolio of the following fully electric and plug-in electric vehicles:

Apart from the ubiquitous Toyota brand, the company also owns the Hino, Lexus, Ranz and Daihatsu brands.



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The Toyota bZ4X Electric SUV


The Toyota bZ4X electric SUV was debuted in April 2021 as the ‘bZ4X Concept’. The is the first electric vehicle (EV) to be based on the e-TNGA platform co-developed by Toyota and Subaru. It is the first pure electric SUV from the Japanese manufacturer and sales commenced in mid-2022.

Despite Toyota’s leadership in hybrid technology, the automotive manufacturer has been rather late it terms of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Nevertheless, despite the increased competition in the compact e-SUV/ crossover segment, the bZ4X EV has much to offer, for both families and company-car drivers. The EV is available, both as a front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).

Both variants are available in the same EV battery size: 71.4 kWh. For the FWD variant, Toyota claims a WLTP certified zero-emission electric range up to 317 miles. The AWD variant has a pure electric range up to 286 miles. Of course, we need to adjust for the real-world driving conditions. For the FWD bZ4X expect an electric range closer to 270 miles and for the AWD bZ4X an e-range up to 240 miles is more realistic.

The bZ4X offers DC charging up to 150 kW. Given the price tag of the EV, we would have expected a faster DC charging capability. Nevertheless, the EV can be charged 10%-80% in 30 minutes i.e. just enough time for a short coffee break and bite.

Surprisingly (and disappointingly), the bZ4X electric SUV is limited to a 6.6 kW onboard AC charger. Again, given the price tag, we would have expected a higher AC charging capability. Nevertheless, as most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, the 6.6 kW is adequate. The EV can be fully charged via a dedicated single-phase residential EV charger, like myenergi zappi in 9 hours and 30 minutes.

Yes, the EV can be charged via a 3-PIN domestic socket. However, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic socket for charging an electric car. We also recommend a topping up approach to EV charging. This way charging times are shorter! Moreover, regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Toyota offers a class-leading 10 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Toyota bZ4X 150 kW can achieve 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds (max power: 221 hp/ 266 Nm torque). While the bZ4X 160 kW all-wheel drive (AWD) can achieve 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds (max power: 231 hp/ 168 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 99 mph.

In terms of equipment and technology, depending on the grade chosen, the following are on offer: pre-collision system, lane trace assist, road sign assist, emergency driving stop system, intelligent adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, reversing Camera, pre-collision system with pedestrian (day & night), cyclist & motorbike (day) detection, 12.3″ HD Toyota Smart Connect, Toyota Skyview fixed panoramic roof and more.

In terms of practicality, the pure electric Toyota bZ4X family SUV offers ample headroom and legroom for all passengers (front and rear). Rather surprisingly, the EV does not have a glove box! The electric car offers a decent boot size up to 452 L.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate for pure electric cars. The Toyota bZ4X can be leased via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire today!


PROS CONS
Good electric range Onboard charger limited to 6.6 kW AC
Available as front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD)DC charging limited to 150 kW
Practical interior space Available in only one EV battery size

The All-Electric Toyota bZ4X SUV (credit: Toyota)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (5 Options)
Pure 150 kW (from £43,780)
Motion 150 kW (from £47,580)
Vision 150 kW (from £49,480)
Motion 160 kW (from £50,180)
Vision 160 kW (from £52,080)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 71.4 kWh
Charging:150 kW DC Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard Charger: 6.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 9.5 hours)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1650
Width (mm):1860
Length (mm):4690
Wheelbase (mm):2850
Turning Radius (m):5.6
Boot Space (L):452

bZ4X (150 kW)
EV Battery Capacity:71.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):317.52 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/100 km):
14.5
Charging: 150 kW DC Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard Charger: 6.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 9.5 hours)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):221
Torque (Nm): 266.3 
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,900-1,920
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

bZ4X (160 kW)
EV Battery Capacity:71.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):286.45 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/100 km):
16.2
Charging: 150 kW DC Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard Charger: 6.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 9.5 hours)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):231
Torque (Nm): 168.5
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,000-2,060
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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