The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Lexus EV
Price: £41,745
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV (compact)
Battery size: 54.3 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 196 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Lexus, renowned for the manufacture of luxury cars, is owned by the Japanese automotive behemoth, Toyota Motor Corporation. Lexus was created in 1989 to compete against Japanese rivals, Honda Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company, who had established their premium brands, Acura and Infiniti, respectively. However, work on the Lexus concept commenced as early as 1983.

The Lexus brand is now a well recognised global automotive brand in the premium segment, with its luxury cars sold in more than 90 countries. The United States continues to be its largest market. Though Lexus is relatively late to the global electrification (EV) race, the company has been involved with hybrid technology since 2005, the year the hybrid version of the RX crossover made its debut. The company has been a leader in ‘self-charging hybrid cars’. The company currently has 8 vehicles that use hybrid/ plug-in hybrid technology and has only one battery-electric vehicle (BEV). The company has the following plug-in electric vehicles (EVs):

Lexus remains committed to leveraging its pioneering work in hybrid technology to push further with the development of electric vehicles (EVs). The company is in the process of completing the development of a new pure electric vehicle, the Lexus RZ. The EV will be built on a new dedicated platform called the e-TNGA. The pure electric Lexus RZ will incorporate cutting edge technology like steer-by-wire system and DIRECT4 (drive force control system). The Lexus RZ is expected to be unveiled later in 2022.



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The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV


The Lexus UX is a compact luxury SUV crossover. It was launched in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. UE stands for ‘Urban Explorer’ and has been developed using the GA-C platform. The UX SUV is available as a mild hybrid and as a fully electric variant, the Lexus UX300e battery-electric SUV.

The EV has a comparatively small battery (54.3 kWh). The electric vehicle has a zero-emission claimed range up to 196 miles. However, depending on driving conditions, styles, services used, the real world electric range will be lower. The EV is capable of DC charging up to 50 kW, which is a lower charging speed compared to alternative e-SUVs at a similar price. The EV battery can be charged (0% to 80%) in 53 minutes. For home charging via a dedicated EV charger, the EV can be fully charged in just over 8 hours. The electric SUV has a 6.6 kW AC onboard charger.

The compact body is certainly advantageous for urban driving, in particular, given the excellent turning radius of 5.2m. However, the aggressive rear sloping roofline reduces the headroom available for the rear seats. The Lexus EV has a high quality interior, as one would expect from Lexus. The electric SUV incorporates the Lexus Safety System +, reversing camera, intelligent parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The higher trims include wireless smartphone charger, smart keyless entry, sunroof, head-up-display (HUD), heating seats and heated steering wheel.

The e-SUV does not come cheap! Prices start at £41,745 and the EV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). The e-SUV is offered in three variants to include Standard, Premium Plus Pack and the Takumi Pack. For those seeking a compact zero-tailpipe emission SUV which is better priced, the all-electric Mazda MX-30 priced at £26,045 is a better bet!

PROS CONS
Lexus high quality interior and specificationsCheaper electric SUV alternatives available
Striking exterior styling and good build qualityElectric range not as good as alternatives. DC charging limited to 50 kW and onboard charger limited to 6.6 kW AC
Easy to drive and park in congested urban environmentsLimited headroom for rear seat passengers

The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV (credit: Lexus)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV (compact)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Standard (from £41,745)
Premium Plus Pack (from £45,245)
Takumi Pack (from £51,345)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 54.3 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (0%-80% SOC: 53 mins). On-board charger 6.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1545
Width (mm):1840
Length (mm):4495
Wheelbase (mm):2640
Turning Circle (m):5.2
Boot Space (L):486

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

UX 300e
EV Battery Capacity:54.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):196 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.1
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (0%-80% SOC: 53 mins). On-board charger 6.6 kW AC
Top Speed:100 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):204
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,785 – 1,840
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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