Lexus is Late to the Game with Their First Ever EV: the UX 300e
It's about time...
Lexus has unveiled today that they will finally be hitting the EV market. It was unveiled at the Gunagzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China.
They have decided to make their UX compact SUV into an EV. The car is powered by a 54.3 kWh lithium ion battery producing 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. Not a horrible amount for the class. The range for the car is 400 kilometers (248 miles)
The battery is mounted under the floor of the car, making the center of gravity particularly low. Lexus claims that the cabin is the quietest in class. The 300e has a Drive Mode select function, and owners can shift through the gears with their floppy paddle gearbox. Lexus have added a feature called "Active Sound Control", which basically means they are putting in ambient sounds.
Owners of the new UX 300e can download the LexusLink app, and by using their smartphone, can check the range and how long left for the battery to charge. Speaking of charging time, the UX 300e takes about 7 hours to charge on a home electrical socket, and about 50 minutes to charge with a 50-kW charger.
The car is expected to hit the European market by 2020, and they are aiming to hit Japan in early 2021. The press release did not say anything about the North American market.