Lexus has unveiled the company’s first pure-electric model – the UX 300e. Based on the UX crossover, the 300e is scheduled to arrive in the UK by 2021, with a range of more than 250 miles on a charge – though that’s based on the out-dated NEDC tests.
A range of 200 miles on the more accurate WLTP cycle is expected, from the compact SUV with its 54.3 kWh battery. It powers a 150 kW motor, producing 300 Nm of torque.
Charging standards have not been announced, but images show two charging ports – one each side of the car. Initial specifications look like a Type 1 CHAdeMO set-up, though it is expected that CCS charging would be applied to European market models. Toyota already uses the Type 2 standard on its Prius Plug-In.
Drive mode select will allow the driver to tailor the car’s set-up, and there will be four levels of brake energy recuperation – controlled via steering wheel mounted paddles.
Lexus is launching its LexusLink connected car app alongside the UX 300e, so owners can control the usual EV features such as setting charging timers and pre-conditioning the car.