I wonder if they are repurposing those vehicles before the title gets stamped as part of the buy back process. If they did, a nice bunch of "open box" BZ4x allocations just opened up lol.It cost an absolute fortune to develop a new car and buying back cars is a black eye to their reputation. They will want the bZ4x out on the market again ASAP to put the buyback in the past and hopefully have happy customers. You also shouldn’t put thread locker on a bolt that you remove every 5000miles. Thread locker bolts are more 1 shot and done, do not reuse bolt if removed. Buyers aren’t going to want to buy new lug bolts every 10k miles or rely on the local tire shop to apply thread locker every time they rotate tires.
Plugging it in.
No, the bZ4X's BMS always "conditions" the battery even without scheduling or when "navigate to charge point" is activated (it doesn't have that to begin with). In that sense it's always "conditioned" when running. But there is no way to schedule preconditioning after the vehicle has idled for a long time (possibly because they assume use will always plug in as soon as they park?)Sad. If that's true, that is slow, requiring the driver to wait until correct temperature is reached.
The way it works on a Tesla, driver navigates to the preferred Tesla supercharger, and while on the way to the supercharger the battery is preconditioned automatically. Upon arrival at the Tesla supercharger, Tesla driver immediately plugs into charger and the fast charging starts immediately (no waiting at all, no 3rd party charging app needed, no keeping fingers crossed and hoping that the 3rd party charger actually works, no PIN numbers, no credit card swipes, etc.)
That's a different matter. Preconditioning is the BMS actively heating up the battery so the internal temperature could be ready for DC fast charging (whether by scheduling or "navigate to charge").Owners might not be able to charge their bZ4X in colt weather
"The second footnote in the press release stated, “for the bZ4X AWD model, charging may slow down more than other models in weather conditions below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and may not be possible when the temperature drops to around -4 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Again, this was tucked away at the bottom of the press release. What should fans make of this warning?"
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"2 DC charging times are estimated based on ideal charging conditions. As temperatures decrease below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, charging time will increase significantly. *For the bZ4X AWD model, charging may slow down more than other models in weather conditions below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and may not be possible when the temperature drops to around -4 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Drive battery conditions, charger specifications and DC charging fully more than twice per day also can negatively affect charging time."
But at the end of it all this is a 2060kg SUV, so we’re talking shades of beige. But that’s fine – people in general, and Toyota owners in particular, don’t mind beige.