As Lexus, The Premium Automotive Brand Charges Ahead To Join The Fast Evolving Global Electric Vehicle Race, The Company Gives Us A Glimpse Of Its Vision To 2030!
- Lexus, the luxury vehicle division of the Toyota Motor Corporation, the Japanese automotive company, unveiled the all-electric compact Lexus LF-30 Concept SUV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The name refers to the 30th anniversary of the company, Lexus (established in 1989) and to the year 2030, a vital year in the company’s electrification ambitions.
- Lexus is not new to the world of lower emission road transportation. The premium automotive brand has already developed a portfolio of hybrid electric vehicles, to include, the CT Hybrid, UX Hybrid, NX Hybrid, RXL Hybrid and more. The company launched its first hybrid, the RX400h in 2005.
- The company has gained knowledge and experience of battery management, power control modules and electric motors. All vital for its electrified ambitions. However, the company did not have an all-electric car (BEV), until recently, in November 2019.
- In November 2019, Lexus, unveiled its first all-electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the Lexus UX 300e. The company aims to have an electrified version of all its models by 2025. The company is also committed to fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
- The four-seater Lexus LF-30 EV concept features distinct gullwing doors with the potential of achieving an iconic status. The bold futuristic styling of the Lexus Electrified Concept heralds a ‘leap forward’ for its bold vision of zero-emission road transportation (2030). The LF-30 concept is not expected to move into production in the near future. The interior also captures innovations like autonomous driving technology, core to the company’s electrification ambitions. The concept also has ‘steer-by-wire system’ and a ‘human-centred cockpit concept’ with a look ahead to 2030. According to Lexus, “The cockpit was designed on the new Lexus concept of ‘Tazuna’, inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider’. The steering controller-mounted switches and head-up display have been coordinated to a high degree.” The EV glass extends from the windshield all the way to the rear seats. Passengers have the ability to adjust the ‘opacity’ of the glass to increase or reduce privacy.
- The EV concept has four in-wheel electric motors, with a potential 536 bhp. 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds with top speed at 124 mph. The vehicle could be front, real or all-wheel drive, depending on the circumstances. The concept uses the Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology that ‘regulates the drive-power output from high-torque electric motors to adjust vehicle posture in tune with human sensibilities.’
- The LF-30 has the following dimensions: length (mm)-5090, width (mm)-1995, height (mm)-1600, wheelbase (mm)-3,200. Total weight: 2,400 kg.
- The LF-30 concept has a 110 kWh EV battery with an WLTP range of 310 miles. As in a number of pure electric cars, the battery will be housed under the vehicles floor.
Do not expect to the see the EV in your driveway anytime soon, but stay tuned to future EV models from the Japanese automotive manufacturer.
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