The news of Lexus’ first ever fully electric model should be hogging automotive headlines. After all, Toyota and Lexus are the original proponents of electrification with their mass-produced hybrid models but the transition to BEVs been slow relative to other automotive brands.
Nonetheless, Lexus has finally taken the leap in the shape of the UX 300e compact crossover, and here are the key stats you’ll need to know. The UX 300e sits on the TNGA-C platform which also underpins models such as the Toyota Prius, C-HR and Corolla. Externally, one would need to squint to tell the difference between the all-electric UX 300e and other UX variants powered by internal combustion engines or hybrid systems, emblems and badges aside.
On paper, the UX 300e has a taller roof (by 5 mm) and sits 20 mm closer to ground compared to a UX 250h, this is due to having to accommodate the high voltage lithium-ion battery pack on the floor of the vehicle, a typical occurrence for EVs. Speaking of which, the battery capacity of the UX 300e is 54.3 kWh, good for a 400 km travelling range based on the NEDC cycle, which is more than respectable. Expect WLTP figures to be 15% to 20% lower.
The battery pack powers an electric motor house over the front axle (driving the front wheels) rated at 204 hp and 300 Nm, let’s just say the UX 300e won’t trouble any Tesla in straight line performance, maybe not even the Nissan Leaf, but it’ll definitely outpoint them in build quality, refinement and premium appointments.
The UX 300e also comes with steering-mounted shift paddles which allows the driver to modulate the level of battery regeneration on the fly. Replenishing its depleted battery pack via 6.6 kW normal charging requires 7 hours, or only 50 minutes if you can get your hands on a 50kW quick charger. The Lexus UX 300e will go on sale in China and Europe in 2020, and home market Japan in 2021.
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