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Toyota’s first dedicated electric vehicle due on Irish market in May

Manufacturer claims new car can travel 450km on single charge

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The Toyota bZ4X, the first model in a new series of battery electric vehicles.

The Toyota bZ4X, the first model in a new series of battery electric vehicles.

The Toyota bZ4X, the first model in a new series of battery electric vehicles.

Toyota's first purpose-built battery electric vehicle (BEV) is due here next May. The bZ4X is the first model in a new series of bZ – beyond Zero – battery electric vehicles.

The SUV will come with a new all-wheel drive system.

The European premiere is scheduled for December 2 and, Toyota say, Irish motorists will be able to test drive the new bZ4X at dealerships from May.

They claim the new car can cover around 450km on one charge, and that having the battery pack as an integral part of the chassis under the floor gives it a low centre of gravity and high body rigidity for safety, ride and handling.

The all-wheel drive system has separate electric motors for each axle. The lithium-ion pack which powers the bZ4X, is still expected to operate at 90pc of its original performance after 10 years of driving.

There will be a third generation Toyota Safety Sense and new, improved active safety and driver assistance systems.

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