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Lexus teases a fast, sexy future with 430-mile solid-state sports EV

Lexus teases a fast, sexy futu...
The BEV Sport concept might be one of Toyota's first vehicles powered by solid state batteries
The BEV Sport concept might be one of Toyota's first vehicles powered by solid state batteries
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Lexus' BEV Sport concept shows a distinctive digital taillight design
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Lexus' BEV Sport concept shows a distinctive digital taillight design
Lexus aims to create an electric sports coupe that runs 0 to 62 mph in
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Lexus aims to create an electric sports coupe that runs 0 to 62 mph in just over two seconds
Lexus previews the BEV Sport concept, the high-performance electric coupe that will be among a family of electric vehicles coming to market by 2030
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Lexus previews the BEV Sport concept, the high-performance electric coupe that will be among a family of electric vehicles coming to market by 2030
The BEV Sport flashes some dramatic proportions, with a compact cabin, fast-dropping roofline and long, curvaceous hood
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The BEV Sport flashes some dramatic proportions, with a compact cabin, fast-dropping roofline and long, curvaceous hood
Lexus plans to utilize electric technology toward making cars that perform better, from acceleration, to cornering, to braking
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Lexus plans to utilize electric technology toward making cars that perform better, from acceleration, to cornering, to braking
The BEV Sport concept might be one of Toyota's first vehicles powered by solid state batteries
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The BEV Sport concept might be one of Toyota's first vehicles powered by solid state batteries
The BEV Sport definitely looks like a discerning driver's EV
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The BEV Sport definitely looks like a discerning driver's EV
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As we learned in December, Lexus is in the early stages of becoming an all-electric premium brand. The most exciting part of that transformation promises to be the not-so-excitingly named BEV Sport concept, an electric Lexus coupe of supercar proportions that may or may not come loaded with a range-expanding solid-state battery. In the latest picture and video release, the concept shows itself to be a proper electric-era halo and spiritual successor to the great LFA supercar.

As it transitions to an electric brand, Lexus plans to fully exploit the performance advantages of all-electric architecture.

At Toyota's BEV press conference in December, Lexus spoke less of refrozen glaciers, sparkling clean waterways and healthier unicorns, and more about fast acceleration, motor-boosted braking and improved handling all over highway and byway. The BEV Sport concept is the poster child for Lexus' performance-focused BEV strategy, and it looks considerably better out on the road and track than it did in a concept car-stuffed event center.

Lexus previews the BEV Sport concept, the high-performance electric coupe that will be among a family of electric vehicles coming to market by 2030
Lexus previews the BEV Sport concept, the high-performance electric coupe that will be among a family of electric vehicles coming to market by 2030

Lexus doesn't reveal any new details with the latest picture and video drop, but it reiterates that the production version, which will hopefully be named something more memorable than "BEV Sport," will be capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in the low 2's and a range up to 435 miles (700 km). That performance will possibly, though not definitively, come courtesy of a solid-state battery pack, setting the BEV Sport up to potentially be a solid-state testbed.

The BEV Sport will be among the raft of upcoming electric vehicles that Lexus plans to launch this decade. By 2030, it plans to have an EV in every segment in which it sells cars, and five years forward from there, it intends to be an all-electric specialist.

The BEV Sport definitely looks like a discerning driver's EV
The BEV Sport definitely looks like a discerning driver's EV

There's no word on when we might get some actual details about what's going on under the BEV Sport's silky smooth skin, but it's the type of concept that could have looked quite nice at the 2022 Geneva Motor Show, which would be coming up in just a couple weeks had it not been canceled.

In the meantime, this quick clip showing the BEV Sport running side by side with the LF-A should whet your appetite for more Lexus electrification.

Lexus BEV Sport concept

Source: Lexus Europe

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8 comments
8 comments
guzmanchinky
Most excellent. Only electric supercars get my attention these days. Anything else is a smoke belching joke of too many moving parts and not enough torque...
christopher
Looks like my Datsun 260Z
WB
by 2030??? they want to have one EV in each segment. By 2030 these dinosaurs will be obsolete, wiped off the planet by the Tesla and competitor meteorites. Toyoda screwed the pooch with Toyota and Lexus like nothing else. They had the eco lead with Prius and then they shit the bed with their hydrogen strategy which bombed like there is no tomorrow... and now they are so far behind that they can't get some decent EV done before 2030. Sell that stock as long as you still can. The ignorance is mind-numbing. Also all these EV announcements are pointless. They talk speed and power.. you can get all that and a LOT more already for less... just get a Tesla Plaid. Its not low 2s.. but high 1's to 60. . plus autopilot plus a decade experience with battery tech - not just the first try of a company that has completely missed the boat. Or by the time this thing launches u can probably get the 3rd iteration of a Tesla roadster :-) that thing can fly circles around whatever Toyota will come up with.
BlueOak
“As we learned in December, Lexus is in the early stages of becoming an all-electric premium brand.”

Haha, yah, extremely, very, very early stages.

Many folks didn’t fall for that PR-face-saving Toyota and Lexus event showing a slew of colorful and empty/non-functional show cars. After many years of Toyota, ironically the big hybrid company, denying full EVs make any sense.
MarkGovers
Technology is moving fast, by 2030, 1000 mile range will probably be the minimum. Right now the Tesla Plaid is the best bang for the buck, soon, I predict it will be their new mainstream car, model 2? Unless, someone spectacular comes out of left field with a magnetic motor, hmmm
Smokey_Bear
MarkGovers - In what world is a model S Plaid the best bang for the buck?!
Also Elon said the "model 2" has been put on the back burner, which makes sense, since this is the time for them to overcharge their customers, every year more EV's are available, so they might as well make hay while the sun is shining.
BlueOak
@MarkGovers, take a look at the Tesla model sales mix… total Model S (including Plaid) + Model X are now a tiny portion of Tesla sales. Tesla has become a Model 3 + Model Y company. And more so every month.
ReservoirPup
@MarkGovers I do hope already enough people realize that a 1000 mile BEV range is a nonsense, unless that BEV is a lorry/truck.