Toyota Unveils Its First All-Electric Midsize SUV

The bZ4X reportedly will get 310 miles of range on one charge.

November 02, 2021

Toyota bZ4X EV Midsize SUV

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Toyota announced it will release its first all-electric vehicle in 2022, the Toyota bZ4X, a midsize SUV that will get 310 miles of range on a single charge, reports USA Today. The SUV will be able to charge up to 80% on a fast charger and will also have a solar panel option, which would generate enough electricity to drive the vehicle for more than 1,100 miles per year, Toyota said.

The interior will feature a large infotainment screen, a center console, as well as soundproof glass and wind noise reduction. Tech and safety equipment include over-the-air (OTA) software updates and the latest Toyota Safety Sense suite.

Electric vehicles are the future, and they’re coming soon, said John Eichberger, executive director, Fuels Institute, on a recent Convenience Matters podcast.

“You may still think [electric vehicles] are this unicorn, fanciful kind of objective of the environmental community. Let me make it quite clear. They’re not fanciful. They’re not just being made up. They’re real, and it may not be in your market yet, but they will be,” said Eichberger.

Soon after elected, President Biden made it a goal have half of all new cars sold in the U.S. be electric by 2030. The World Health Organization has recommended that all governments ban new internal combustion engine vehicle sales by 2030. Charging is a roadblock to EV adoption in the U.S., and currently, the U.S. has about 110,000 charging stations, but energy and auto experts say the country needs at least five to 10 times that amount to make the president’s 2030 goal happen.

Millions of dollars are being invested into building chargers; however, EV sales aren’t happening quickly enough to make it profitable for charging companies, who may not break even for years, according to the article. Experts say building the necessary number of chargers the U.S. would need by 2030 would cost tens of billions of dollars.

Another roadblock in the driver transition to EVs is the availability of fast chargers, which charge an electric battery in 20 to 40 minutes, but they cost tens of thousands of dollars. These types of chargers are needed so EV drivers will be assured they won’t be caught with a dead battery and not near a charging station. NACS Magazine recently covered the stumbling blocks in the push for the fast chargers EV drivers want in its September 2021 issue.

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