Toyota bZ4X : Beyond Zero
The Toyota bZ4X Concept, a medium-size SUV with all-wheel drive, is an important part of Toyota’s shift from a car manufacturer to one focused on improving mobility for everyone.
The ‘bZ’ stands for ‘beyond Zero,’ emphasising Toyota’s commitment to not just attaining carbon neutrality and zero emissions, but also going above and beyond to realise new advantages for the environment, individuals, and society as a whole.
The Toyota bZ4X Concept is a vehicle that is more than just a mode of transportation; it is also a comfortable and connected area where passengers can spend quality time together while travelling.
“Our target customer is someone who places importance on time spent together with family and friends. When they want to enjoy such times, Toyota bZ4X Concept can serve as a hub for them.”Koji Toyoshima, Chief Engineer, Toyota
The outward design of the Toyota bZ4X Concept anticipates people’s high expectations for an electric car driving experience without compromising. Its overall shape combines dynamism and utility: the SUV has a distinctively high driving position while remaining firmly planted on the road. Sensual textures are coupled with precise and high-tech aesthetics on the bodywork.
The car’s front end, which is an instant point of identity for any vehicle, is free of the traditional grille in favour of a distinctive “hammerhead” arrangement of sensors, lights, and aero elements, giving it a fresh attitude and road presence.
The Toyota bZ4X Concept is based on Toyota’s innovative e-TNGA modular architecture, which was created exclusively for electric vehicles. A long wheelbase and minimal overhangs contribute to the cabin’s spaciousness and openness. In reality, back leg room is comparable to a large D-segment vehicle.
The front cabin is built around a “drive module,” which offers the driver a sense of being in intimate contact with the road and critical data. The low-set instrument panel enhances the sensation of space by allowing for panoramic visibility. The controls are placed around the centre console for easy identification and use. Because the digital driver’s instrument display is mounted above the steering wheel, registering information requires only a small amount of eye movement.
Toyota’s leadership in vehicle electrification for more than 20 years, as well as the company’s brand-defining quality, durability, and reliability, have benefited the development programme. This has resulted in a class-leading electric powertrain – motor, control unit, and battery management system – with a competitive driving range.
The car’s environmental credentials are bolstered by an on-board solar charging system, which extends the range of travel. The larger, more powerful battery required for the Toyota bZ4X Concept has been engineered for reliable, long-lasting performance, maintaining the car’s driving range even in cold climates, thanks to Toyota’s extensive experience developing battery technology for its hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric models.
The Deeper Meaning
The Toyota bZ4X Concept is the first vehicle to use Toyota’s new bZ naming scheme, which stands for “beyond Zero.” Toyota plans to launch 15 battery electric vehicles by 2025, including seven Toyota bZ variants.
This new line of battery electric vehicles will make it easy for consumers to upgrade from their existing vehicle while still reaping the benefits of a completely electric vehicle. This is accomplished through human-centered development and mobility that is suited to people’s real-life circumstances and experiences.
“This is not just about contributing to the environment by being a zero-emission vehicle but giving value ‘beyond Zero’ emissions by making driving easier and more fun”.Koji Toyoshima, Chief Engineer, Toyota
Toyota bZ models will also contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. Carbon neutrality refers to strategies and programmes aimed at reducing CO2 emissions across the whole vehicle life cycle, including production, distribution, usage, recycling, and disposal.
Toyota describes ‘beyond Zero’ in four ways, the first and most significant of which is “You and the Environment,” which takes into account not just the energy used to move the car, but also how it can use regenerative or renewable energy, such as solar power.
The second part is “You and Your Car,” in which a battery electric car built on a specialised platform incorporates cutting-edge technology and provides outstanding connectivity to ensure safety, peace of mind, and a pleasurable driving experience.
Finally, “You and Others” directs the development of battery electric vehicles with the space and quiet environment that encourage people to communicate and share their experiences.
Finally, “You and Society” evaluates the impact on society as a whole, with the goal of making the world a better place to live for everyone.