Toyota isn’t the first automotive brand that pops to mind when it comes to battery electric vehicles.
Toyota might be the largest automaker in the world — reportedly selling more than 9.5 million vehicles globally and stealing the crown from Volkswagen Group — but the company has been markedly absent from the battery electric vehicle (BEV) space.
That is, until the 2023 Toyota bZ4X came along.
Toyota has shown off30 different hybrid, battery-electric and alternative powertrain conceptsin everything from a pickup to a sports car and has promised to deliver them all by 2030. The company has even committed a whooping $17.6 billion investment in battery technology and announced that it will build a battery plant in North Carolina.
For now, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X is the lone representative of the company’s EV plans — an awkwardly named crossover that raises some…
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