Toyota assures battery life with this exclusive warranty

If Toyota is showing some misgivings about the electric car, it has just unveiled its first model, the bZ4X. And the firm wants to convince you to buy it, promising mountains and wonders for the battery with a warranty of 10 years and 1 million kilometers. But be careful to read the fine lines.

Today, all manufacturers are actively working on the electrification of their range, taking into account the deadline set by the European Union by 2035. All? Not really. Because one brand is still adamantly against all-electric, and it likes to promote it. It is Toyota that has never believed in this engine, although its boss Akio Toyoda recently stated that “ electricity is not the solution“.

Above all, be confident

Indeed, for a Japanese brand, a hybrid would already be clean enough. This is not the opinion of Europe, which wants the disappearance of motorization. So, to stay in the race, Toyota has no choice but to line up. This is how the bZ4X, the first electric model presented by the manufacturer in 2021, was born.

If it had a rough start, serious issues with tire clearance and faulty airbags have finally been resolved, everything is going well for the electric SUV. He completed this competition, which was started in France last year, as a finalistIt was chosen as the car of the year 2023, won the Jeep Avenger. From now on, this cousin of the Subaru Solterra will have to convince customers to choose it in the face of ever-increasing competition.

For this, Toyota plays the calm card. Autonomy is still a big barrier to buying an electric car, but the brand wants it assure customers of battery life, and especially her outfit. Because, like smartphones, the car battery wears out over time and is especially charged with high energy. Thus, after a few years, the maximum capacity decreases, which subsequently affects the autonomy.

Thus, in the brochure for the Toyota bZ4X, it announces that the latter’s battery will continue to operate at 90% of its original performance. After 10 years or 240,000 kilometers. However, looking at the fine print at the bottom of the page, we see that the manufacturer states that “ covers effective warranty retention 70% battery capacity after 8 years of use or 160,000 km“. It is slightly different and significantly less optimistic.

Up to 1 million kilometers

However, it is much more than most other brands. as detailed in an article by Argus, most electric cars on the market are covered for use for more than 160,000 kilometers and for 8 years. Some exceptions are the same at Mercedes, the EQS is guaranteed for ten years and up to 250,000 kilometers, the battery of the Lexus UX 300e is covered. 10 years and a million miles.

As noted in the account, Toyota also made a promise for the bZ4X TheEVUniverse on Twitter. The coverage is only valid for customers who have their vehicle serviced annually in the brand’s network. And as indicated in the brand’s press release announcing the launch of the electric SUV, France is also very concerned about this proposal (10 years and one million kilometers).. But be careful as you will have to opt for the battery warranty extension program to take advantage of this.

MG4 battery

A choice that will also include doing annual health check-up at the brand’s garage to take advantage of this. So Toyota wants to prove to its customers that it can be trusted. Hopefully that will be enough after the SUV’s failures in its infancy.

Recall that Toyota bZ4X is available in two versions with two or four wheels. 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. Thus, the autonomy fluctuates between 461 and 513 WLTP kilometers, depending on the selected option for power between 204 and 218 hp. Capable of collecting up to 150 kW of direct current at the high-speed terminal, the electric SUV can accelerate from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. Available to order now, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and other Kia EV6 rivals start at €46,900. So he is still eligible for the €5,000 environmental bonus.

Last December, the brand also unveiled an electric pickup and compact called the bZ3. Designed for China, it should arrive in Europe a bit late, especially to compete with the Tesla Model 3.

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