FAW Toyota began pre-sales of the bZ3 on March 6, with orders reaching 5,000 units as of April 16.

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Toyota's first all-electric sedan, the bZ3, was officially launched in China, after the battery- and motor-equipped model went on pre-sale early last month.

Toyota's joint venture in China, FAW Toyota, officially made the bZ3 available at a launch event yesterday, offering three versions with starting prices of RMB 169,800 ($24,710), 189,800 and 199,800 respectively.

The model was unveiled in China on October 25 last year and is the second model in Toyota's bZ series after the bZ4X SUV.

On March 6, FAW Toyota started the pre-sale of the bZ3 with a price range of RMB 169,800 - 199,800. The official launch prices announced yesterday were the same as the pre-sale prices.

As of April 16, orders for the bZ3 reached 5,000 units, FAW Toyota said yesterday.

Unlike the approach of many local car companies, the bZ3 began its first deliveries at the same time as its official launch.

The car is a midsize electric sedan based on the Toyota e-TNGA architecture. It measures 4,725 mm in length, 1,835 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,880 mm and a wind resistance coefficient of as low as 0.218 cd.

The FAW Toyota bZ3 will be equipped with an electric motor and blade battery pack supplied by BYD, and will use an in-car system developed by BYD Toyota EV Technology, a joint venture between BYD and Toyota.

The bZ3 is equipped with a single rear-mounted electric motor, available in 135 kW and 180 kW sizes, both with a peak torque of 303 Nm. This configuration allows the sedan to accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

The car is available in two range versions, with CLTC ranges of 517 km and 616 km, and with battery packs of 49.9 kWh and 65.3 kWh respectively.

The FAW Toyota bZ3 supports fast charging, taking 27 minutes to replenish energy from 30 percent to 80 percent on a DC charge.

(1 $= RMB 6.8713)

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