Lexus has revealed its first-ever electric vehicle at the Guangzhou Auto Show. This is the Lexus UX 300e.
We've come to see Lexus (and parent company Toyota) backing hybrid technology through and through, but this Lexus UX 300e changes things up considerably. While hybrid models are certainly showing no signs of abating, Lexus is joining the rest of the car world with a pure electric model. Under this Lexus UX compact SUV is a 150 kW electric motor with a 54.3 kWh battery. Maximum range is claimed at 400 km and there are 4 levels of regenerative braking.
Lexus is claiming enhanced handling thanks to the lithium-ion battery pack being placed under the floor, which lowers the car's centre of gravity. Other than a subtle UX 300e badge and a completely flat underside, there's nothing to distinguish this electric-only vehicle from its petrol and hybrid siblings. There are no performance claims yet, but like all-electric cars, off the line acceleration should be quite entertaining.
The new Lexus UX 300e will be hitting European markets in 2020.
Other than a subtle UX 300e badge, there's not much to tell you that this is an electric vehicle.