Toyota's Upcoming EVs Could Be Named BZ, for Beyond Zero

Connor Hoffman
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Photo credit: Toyota
Photo credit: Toyota
  • Toyota has filed trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name Toyota BZ, as well as the names for six upcoming electric vehicles. "BZ" stands for Beyond Zero.

  • The names are BZ1, BZ2, BZ2X, BZ3, BZ4, BZ4X, and BZ5. We expect "X" to stand for dual-motor, all-wheel-drive models.

  • The new EVs will ride on the Toyota and Subaru co-developed e-TNGA platform.

Toyota promised six new electric vehicles in 2019, and now we know that they could use the name BZ. These upcoming EVs will ride on the new e-TNGA platform co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, which supports an electric motor in front or one in the rear, or on both axles for all-wheel drive. The name is meant to stand for Beyond Zero—Toyota's initiative to promote zero-emissions technology from EVs to hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai.

Photo credit: Toyota
Photo credit: Toyota

Toyota filed trademarks for Toyota BZ as well as BZ1, BZ2, BZ2X, BZ3, BZ4, BZ4X, and BZ5. The "X" suggests a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model, and we could see more in the future. This naming system is similar to the one used for Kia's upcoming electric vehicles, which will start with "EV" and be followed by a number. The Kia EV6 will be the first to arrive.

Toyota declined to comment when Car and Driver asked if the BZ name is indeed for upcoming electric vehicles.

Photo credit: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Photo credit: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The first electric Toyota you'll be able to buy will be an compact electric crossover similar in size to the RAV4. It will be revealed by the end of this month for the European market. We could eventually see additional body styles such as sedans and even vans. When the Japanese automaker announced its plans it previewed the six vehicles (pictured above), which include SUVs, cars, and vans. Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, says it'll have an electrified version of every model it sells by 2025. It recently previewed future EV models with the LF-Z concept.

We'll know more about Toyota's new electric vehicles in the coming months, two of which are expected to arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year.

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