Coldgate for Toyota bZ4X?
The fact that temperature affects charging performance is nothing new for electric car drivers. However, a footnote in a US press release from Toyota about the bZ4X electric model is quite unusual.
Toyota warns that DC charging may not be possible at all in cold temperatures. This afflicts the bZ4X with all-wheel drive.
Specifically, Toyota writes: “*For the bZ4X AWD model, charging may slow down more than other models in weather conditions below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and may not be possible when the temperature drops to around -4 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Drive battery conditions, charger specifications and DC charging fully more than twice per day also can negatively affect charging time.”
It is unclear whether Toyota felt the footnote was a necessary precaution or if this builds on real-world incidents since the US and Canada easily see temperatures such as the above.
With reporting by Stefan Köller.