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Toyota in hot pursuit of Tesla, unveiling EV with 500 km range

Automaker's first mass-produced all-electric hits global markets in mid-2022

Toyota says its sport utility vehicle bZ4X has a slew of new features beyond being an all-electric model. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor shook up the auto industry over two decades ago when it offered the world's first mass-produced hybrid, but the Japanese company has been late to embrace full electrics. It hopes to make up lost ground by debuting its first full-electric vehicle, touting a range approaching that offered by Tesla.

The sport utility vehicle bZ4X will provide a range of about 500 km for the front-wheel-drive version and 460 km for the all-wheel-drive option. These distances would place Toyota's offering behind Tesla's Model 3, which sports a range of 560 km, as well as Nissan Motor's Ariya and Volkswagen's ID.3.

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