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Lexus goes all-electric with UX 300e crossover

Lexus goes all-electric with U...
The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and then in Japan early in 2021
The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and then in Japan early in 2021
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Lexus has made its first move into the world of full electrification
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Lexus has made its first move into the world of full electrification
While the UX 300e is spearheading Lexus charge into the all-electric age, it will only be doing so in selected markets for now
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While the UX 300e is spearheading Lexus charge into the all-electric age, it will only be doing so in selected markets for now
Lexus has equipped its debut BEV with a set of purpose-built aerodynamic wheels and underbody cover
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Lexus has equipped its debut BEV with a set of purpose-built aerodynamic wheels and underbody cover
A 54.3-kWh battery affords the UX 300e electric crossover 400 km (248 mi) of range
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A 54.3-kWh battery affords the UX 300e electric crossover 400 km (248 mi) of range
The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020
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The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020
Inside the Lexus UX 300e
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Inside the Lexus UX 300e
The Lexus UX 300 is on show at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China
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The Lexus UX 300 is on show at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China
The Lexus UX 300 from the rear
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The Lexus UX 300 from the rear
Lexus has made its first move into the world of full electrification
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Lexus has made its first move into the world of full electrification
The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and then in Japan early in 2021
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The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and then in Japan early in 2021

Lexus has been producing hybrid vehicles for well over a decade, but now it's made its first move into the world of full electrification, revealing plans for a battery-powered version of its UX compact luxury crossover. Currently on show at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China, the UX 300e carries a lot of the automaker's ambitions for the era of electric vehicles, though you mightn't know it from the outside looking in.

The UX 300e appears identical to Lexus’ UX compact crossover, but the automaker has equipped its debut battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a set of purpose-built aerodynamic wheels and underbody cover. Stuffed inside is a 54.3-kWh battery splayed out beneath the cabin floor, providing the electric crossover with a low center of gravity and 400 km (248 mi) of range.

Lexus has equipped its debut BEV with a set of purpose-built aerodynamic wheels and underbody cover
Lexus has equipped its debut BEV with a set of purpose-built aerodynamic wheels and underbody cover

The electric motor generates 150 kW (201 hp) of power and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque, with Lexus offering a variety of acceleration and deceleration curves through what it calls a Drive Mode Select function.

There is also the addition of a shift-by-wire system on the center console, while the cabin is wrapped in extra insulation to soften outside noise that would normally be drowned out by a conventional engine and transmission.

Inside the Lexus UX 300e
Inside the Lexus UX 300e

While the UX 300e is spearheading Lexus' charge into the all-electric age, it will only be doing so in selected markets for now. The car will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and then in Japan early in 2021. There is no word yet on pricing.

Source: Lexus

3 comments
WB
Seems like Lexus is taking a Chinese approach to their specs... There is no way a 54kwh battery can deliver 248miles. A Tesla model S who is way more aero dynamic and Tesla has highest motor efficiency gets 240miles with a 70kwh pack. How on Earth Lexus can top the range with a significant smaller pack is puzzling.. no other automaker gets Tesla's efficiencies. But maybe the Chinese market is used to outlandish claims
Gyula Bognar
In front, it does not look like less mass and space used than a good V6 engine and transmission, but the car carries a ton of extra weight in batteries, that have to be moved even for one person driving the car. The electricity that is generated in power plans of any kind is a fraction of the energy put into the generators, also the losses in transforming and transmitting the generated electricity are high. Once it is being used to charge batteries, more power lost and using it for moving the car, a lot of it gets lost. Overall, electric cars waste far more energy and generate more air pollution than a good gasoline-powered car. This is not saving energy and the environment, it is hypocrisy.
Gannet
why a traditional grille, with the aero of a barn wall? And, ugliest looking front end out there - thank sod the Model Y is almost here.