CHANNELING decades of industry leading experience in hybrid technologies, Lexus has introduced its first fully electric vehicle, the UX 300e. Unveiled in Guangzhou, China, it offers a 400km driving range.
The UX 300e signals a next generation investment in performance and battery technology, incorporating a high output motor and high capacity lithium-ion battery, and offering maximum power of 150kW, with peak torque of 300Nm.
Built on the GA-C platform, the new EV variant of the Japanese car maker’s UX range takes about 50 minutes for quick charging and about seven hours for household AC charging, from empty.
Maximum efficiency for the motor, inverter, gears and battery has been advanced from the development of the popular UX 250h hybrid electric variant, with the new model featuring high body rigidity and a low centre of gravity for excellent handling stability.
Suspension too has been thoroughly tuned to target the same high steering response and high quality ride comfort as the UX 250h, while shock absorber damping force has been optimised to match the additional battery capacity.
A drive mode select function is designed to assist the management of smooth acceleration and deceleration. Paddle shifters can be used in a similar manner to engine braking, providing four levels of deceleration regeneration.
A shift by wire system on the centre console contributes to the simplicity and functionality of the interior design.
Lexus engineers kept the distinctive design and the utility characteristics of the UX SUV intact, while the aerodynamic performance of the UX 300e benefits from the application of special wheels and an underbody cover.
The world premiere of the UX 300e occurs just one month after Lexus unveiled Lexus Electrified, its global electrification strategy that targets a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment.
The technology of Lexus Electrified enables integrated control of power train, steering, suspension, and brakes, realising the ultimate potential of the motor control technology cultivated in hybrid vehicles.
With this technology, the system can best control the driving force to provide ideal vehicle posture according to each driving situation. At the same time, the UX 300e has one of the quietest cabins in its class, as befits the sound management heritage of the Lexus DNA.
The UX 300e is scheduled to go on sale in China and Europe next year and in Japan in early 2021, with an Australian launch date and local pricing yet to be determined.
Lexus also announced it will launch its first plug in hybrid-electric vehicle in select markets in 2021. It is developing a dedicated platform for battery electric vehicles and will offer an electrified variant for each model in its global line up by 2025.