Do you live in a cold region? The Toyota bZ4X may not be for you

In a press release, Toyota announces that its new electric bZ4X may not be able to be recharged when temperatures are too low.

Do you live in a cold region?  The Toyota bZ4X may not be for you
Toyota bZ4X // Source: Toyota

Charging an electric car is sometimes the most fun part, especially on the highways. This is particularly the case when you have to connect to a public terminal, when it is cold or when it is raining. In the first case, the charging time also tends to lengthen very significantly. In fact, for charging to be optimal and as fast as possible, the battery must be at a certain temperature.

If not, then it will take longer for it to be filled. Not to mention the fact that autonomy takes a hit when it’s really cold. Suffice to say that winter is not really the friend of electric cars, and no brand is spared from the problem. Nevertheless, it seems that this is particularly the case on the side of Toyota.

No charging at very low temperature

In a communicated promoting the new bZ4X, the American branch of the Japanese brand discusses the different possibilities regarding charging. But in the end, she gives some details of size, since she affirms that the charging time of the electric SUV can lengthen significantly below the bar of 10°. Until then, nothing abnormal, since it is the case with many manufacturers.

What is more annoying is that the vehicle may not be able to be charged when it is -20° or less. In addition, the press release emphasizes that connecting the SUV more than twice a day to a fast terminal “ can negatively affect charging time“. This problem would then only concern versions with all-wheel drive.

A premature launch?

For the time being, Toyota has not given an explanation for this astonishing problem, which could greatly complicate the life of customers living in very cold regions, who generally need a four-wheel drive model. However, our colleagues fromClean Automotive seem to have an idea of ​​the cause of this concern. Indeed, the traction and AWD versions are not equipped with the same battery, from two different suppliers.

Everything therefore suggests that that of the 4X4 version would be defective, but that Panasonic, which supplies it, would not have solved the problem before the commercial launch. No doubt the equipment manufacturer was pressed by the Japanese firm, forced to quickly release its electric SUV, in particular to meet government requirements. But the brand is not the only one, since it is also the case of many others, including Volkswagen or Fiat.


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