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Lexus' Unveils first EV, the UX 300e

DATE: 06.01.2020

First product under the banner of the Lexus electrification strategy

LEXUS introduced its first battery electric vehicle (BEV), the UX 300e, at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, held in Guangzhou recently.

Since introducing the RX 400h in 2005, LEXUS has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification technology, playing a leading role in offering products that possess both performance and environmental friendliness. At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled its global electrification strategy, called "Lexus Electrified", which targets a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment.

In particular, the technology of Lexus Electrified enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension, and brakes, realizing the ultimate potential of the motor control technology cultivated in HV. With this technology, we can control the driving force to provide ideal vehicle posture according to each driving situation. Lexus endeavors to continue providing enjoyable and safer driving vehicles.

 

As the first production model under the Lexus Electrified banner, the all-electric UX 300e was developed for excellent on-road performance. Lexus engineers kept the distinctive design and the utility characteristics of the UX crossover intact and focused on the opportunities to build on the performance advantages unique to EVs. The UX 300e's high-output motor provides a natural-yet-brisk acceleration character, and the high-capacity batteries located directly underneath the floor of the cabin deliver a low center of gravity and 400 km-driving range. Combined with the newest connectivity technology, the UX 300e maximizes the advantages of EVs while realizing driving performance and convenience in a single package.

Lexus has always focused on providing exhilarating performance, and the case is no different with development of a BEV. Starting from the refined Lexus driving signature of the UX, Lexus engineers were able to leverage the new electric drivetrain to even further enhance the vehicle's on-road performance. At the same time, UX 300e has one of the quietest cabins in its class, as befits the sound management heritage of the Lexus DNA.

Legendary Lexus reliability inherited from hybrid heritage

In developing the UX 300e, Lexus utilized the knowledge acquired developing the brand's industry-leading hybrid systems and applied the same level of quality and comfortable operation to its first production EV as it always has with other vehicles. The Lexus engineering team delivered outstanding battery reliability and adopt the latest connectivity technology to maximize everyday usability and the functionality with smartphones.

 

UX 300e Motor specifications

Placement

Model

Max output (kW [ps])

Max torque (Nm [Kgfm])

Front

4KM

150 [204]

300 [30.6]

UX 300e Battery specifications

Type

Capacity

Range

Charging speed

Standard (AC) charge

Quick (DC) charge

Lithium Ion

54.3 kWh

400 km*

Max 6.6 kW

Max 50 kW

 

The UX 300e is scheduled to go on sale in the Chinese and European markets in 2020, and in Japan early in 2021.