Toyota BZ4X

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20% worse consumption than Nissan Arya, and 30% or more compared to Model Y LR.

Consumption, not range. Plus you actually get to use only 70% of the battery due to slow charge after 80% and huge buffer of 7%.

Just skip.
 

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I wonder why they didn't pack the ESU under the rear seat so the engine bay isn't that full.

The ESU idea is good on paper but then it means they have to create a different ESU for each specification. For example if they want a 150kW and 240kW output power, or a 150kW and 300kW DC charging, or 6.6kW and 11kW AC charging, they need 8 different ESU models for all these combinations. This results in the very stupid way on RZ450e where they had to add an extra 11kW AC-DC converter making the 6.6kW one in the ESU useless. The ESU only makes sense when they make a crappy single spec model as they do now.

If we think about a full lineup of EVs with 150kW, 250kW and 350kW outputs, 150kW, 250kW and 350kW DC charging, 6.6kW, 11kW, 19.2kW AC charging. Now Toyota would have to make 27 ESUs for every combination (but more likely fewer because some combinations don't make sense). A competitor would only need 9 different components to achieve the same flexibility.
 

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It's funny they couldn't find much redeeming qualities of this product so they instead praise how well made the two-tone charging door is for three episodes.

This thing looks exactly what you would expect on a BEV in 2018.

TLDR version:
>> ESU idea is okay but needs to be much smaller.
>> Big panel gaps but it's common for 1st MY Toyotas that will get much tighter going forward.
>> Crash mitigation for front powertrain unit is a band-aid solution.
>> Still lead-acid battery for 12V system, heavy and big.
>> Useless fusebox. Entire 12V system is carry-over from long time ago. Needs optimization.
>> They did a good job at making a standardized front section for developing more products.
>> Cooling system is poorly integrated.
>> Way too many layers of metal surrounding the battery pack leads to poor thermal efficiency especially in cold weather.
>> Way too many fastener that could be eliminated without sacrificing crash worthiness.
 
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