So very late to the market, but at last delivery of Toyota’s bZX4 EV is getting closer, now scheduled to arrive early in 2024.

Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand Vice President of New Vehicles, says the aim is not just to create electric vehicles that eliminate emissions, but to also offer new mobility solutions and maintain an enjoyable driving experience.

“We are aiming to create value for people and the planet beyond zero emissions. The Toyota bZ4XSUV is the first of a range of battery electric vehicles (BEV) that we will launch in NZ, which will appeal to everyday New Zealanders, as they are borne of the same stable that has created Toyota’s legendary well-built, easy-to-drive vehicles.”

The Toyota bZ4X is similar in size to the RAV4 and will be available in two models – the front-wheel bZ4X Pure and all-wheel drive bZ4X Motion. Both have an underfloor lithium-ion 71.4kWh battery, which can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes at a 150kW charging station.

Steve says Toyota has created a BEV that is easy to drive. “While it is packed with new technology, including our third-generation active safety systems, it drives like any other Toyota – you won’t have to learn a new way of driving or worry about how the software works. Just jump in the car and drive it with hardly any learning curve at all.”

“Plus, we know that many customers are loyal to Toyota because of the outstanding and personal service they receive at one of our 60 nationwide stores. This will continue with all bZ cars and is a good reason why customers should consider a battery electric vehicle from Toyota and how it can fit into their lifestyles,” he says.

“Toyota is entering the global BEV market with the customer experience at the forefront of our strategy, and it is the same in NZ. We are investing in wrap-around support for customers and the new bZ series, with a comprehensive customer benefit program, specialist Store sales staff, technicians, plus chargers at all of our Stores.”

Toyota New Zealand says it is right behind the bZ series. It will play an important role in the company’s science based commitment to reduce tailpipe emissions from its portfolio by a minimum of 46% by 2030. Globally, Toyota sees the bZ range growing in popularity and, in large numbers over time, reducing worldwide carbon emissions as the company works towards a net zero carbon position by 2050.

Initially numbers of the Toyota bZ4X will be limited, so Toyota New Zealand is potential BEV owners are advised to sign up for updates now on the Toyota New Zealand website to receive the most up to date information or speak to their local Toyota Store.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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