Toyota Unveils All-Electric SUV Concept Under Its ‘Beyond Zero’ Badge • TechCrunch

Toyota on Wednesday unveiled an all-electric SUV concept with plant-based seats and an artificial intelligence “personal” assistant as the automaker expands its portfolio “beyond zero.”

The bZ compact crossover concept that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show is meant to showcase Toyota’s vision for its battery-electric future. Toyota has said it plans to launch 30 all-electric vehicles, including five badged as bZ (“Beyond Zero”).

Last year, the Japanese automaker launched the bz brand with the introduction of the all-electric Toyota bZ4X. That vehicle, which is almost identical to the Subaru Solterra thanks to a collaboration between the two companies, hit the market earlier this year.

The SUV concept shows a “possible vision of the very near future” for its line of electric vehicles, the automaker said in a statement. Toyota did not provide a timetable for the launch, but said the portfolio will support its goal of going carbon neutral by 2050.

Toyota bZ compact SUV concept

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The 2023 Toyota Prius, a mild hybrid, also debuted on Wednesday before the auto show.

Toyota said the sleek bZ concept pushes the wheels into the corners for an aggressive stance, making it appear to be moving when parked. Its silhouette features short overhangs, swept-back angles and a “reduced cabin design” to create a futuristic look, according to the automaker.

Inside, the car’s showroom seats are made from plant-based and recycled materials and a semicircle-shaped steering wheel that appears to have been cut off the top half. Yui, the name of the AI-based “personal agent”, responds to requests from front or rear passengers using sounds and lights that “move around the cabin.”

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