A union of two giants advances to manufacture electric cars that lead the market

The prototype was presented in December 2021 and was called bZ SND. The real car will be called bZ5 and production will start before the end of the year in China

The Chinese and Japanese are often unfairly confused, although this is just a matter of physical appearance. Culturally, they are so different societies on this level that they seem incompatible. However, anything is possible in the business world, especially if both parties have an interest.

Toyota Motor Corporation and BYD Corporation They are absolute leaders in their business. The Japanese giant, reasserted every year that it is the company that sells the most cars in the world, and its Chinese counterpart, was born as a manufacturer of mobile phone batteries in 1995, and was included in the list of car companies in 2003 with the creation of BYD AutoHe is the most successful car producer in his country.

BYD stands for “Build Your Dreams” (Build Your Dreams) For several years her dreams began to crystallize, and they are It expands beyond its vast territories and reaches the whole world. The alliance with Toyota can be one of the best doors, and since its experience in the field of electric vehicles is very valuable, it has been established BYD Toyota EV technology.

Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, during the launch of the company's electric plans in December 2021
Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, during the launch of the company’s electric plans in December 2021

When at the end of last year, AkioToyodaPresident and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, presented before the eyes of the whole world a wide range of electric cars Toyota and Lexus Manufactured by 2035, one model was a sedan called Totota bZ SDN. This vehicle is already in the testing and validation stage in China and patent drawings filed by both brands under the name Toyota BZ5Which appears to be his official name.

The car that was seen on the streets of different Chinese cities With a camouflage that can’t hide the form, you’ll have a file 4.72 meters long1.83 wide and 1.47 high, with a – Wheelbase 2.88 meters Something that can already be seen in the concept car that was presented last December.

Presentations at the Chinese Patent Office show a remarkable similarity to the 2021 concept car
Presentations at the Chinese Patent Office show a remarkable similarity to the 2021 concept car

On the technological level, the alliance between Toyota and BYD will allow the car to obtain lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are the most common in the Chinese market and also used by Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Standard Range that come out of the factory opened by the Elon Musk brand. in Shanghai. For this joint development, it is believed that bZ5 will use an extension BYD LFP . BladeThanks to her, the car will be able to get a competitive price, because these batteries do not use nickel and cobalt.

Like the entire Toyota bZ range, This new sedan will use the eTNGA platform as a base. It will be the second form of bZ . seriesdistance bZ4X SUV which has already been shown in all markets. So this will be Toyota’s first 100% electric sedan, scheduled to start production in China by the end of 2022.

Since March, this camouflaged Toyota bZ5 prototype has been seen on the streets of various cities in China
Since March, this camouflaged Toyota bZ5 prototype has been seen on the streets of various cities in China

Although, due to its characteristics, the bZ5 could be a global product, at this first stage of production it will only be intended for the Chinese market. This may be Toyota’s strategy for entering all-electric vehicles, as it was one of the brands that delayed their launch for this type of mobility the most. By doing this in partnership with a Chinese company, it is plausible for this to happen as a first step, which would be in a gigantic and highly competitive market anyway.

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