China to host world premiere of Lexus’ first electric car

China to host world premiere of Lexus’ first electric car

November 27, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Lexus has been producing hybrids for more than a decade, but there are still no fully electric cars in the lineup. The company will show the compact UX 300e luxury crossover at an auto show in Guangzhou these days.

With the advent of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus began the process of electrifying its lineup. At the Tokyo Auto Show this year, the company unveiled the Lexus Electrified strategy, which is conceived as a fundamental leap in car performance, handling and comfort.

Externally, the UX 300e is difficult to distinguish from a conventional UX crossover, but inside the debut electric car, in the compartment under the cabin, a 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives the car stability and provides a range of 400 km. There is a quick charge function, writes New Atlas.

 The electric motor produces 150 kW or 201 liters. from. and 300 N * m of torque, and the Drive Mode Select option allows you to choose the right acceleration and deceleration curve. Especially for this model, aerodynamic wheels and the bottom of the body are developed.

Inside, the interior is upholstered with an additional layer of insulating material to drown out external sounds – in the absence of ICE they become more audible. Lexus Safety System + ensures road safety.

The company, although striving for electrification, is going to distribute the UX 300e gradually: in 2020, the electric car will be available in China and Europe, and in 2021 in Japan. No pricing information yet.

In October, at the Tokyo Auto Show, the company showed off the concept of the LF-30 Electrified electric car, which showcases a number of bright ideas. The most unusual are the drones included in the kit. They can be used to carry luggage, for example.