Lexus unveiled its global electrification strategy at 2019’s Tokyo Motor Show,
targeting a fund mental leap in vehicle performance and driver enjoyment
Lexus has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification technology since introducing the RX 400h in 2005, taking an industry lead in creating vehicles that deliver both performance and environmental efficiency. At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the company unveiled its global electrification strategy, Lexus Electrified, targeting a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment. In particular, Lexus Electrified technology enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension and brakes, realising the full potential of the motor control technology that has been nurtured in Lexus’s HVs (hybrid vehicles). With this technology, driving force can be controlled to provide the ideal vehicle posture in each driving situation. Lexus continues to strive to make vehicles that are safer and enjoyable to drive. As the first production model under the Lexus Electrified banner, the all-electric UX 300e has been developed for excellent on-road performance. The company’s engineers preserved the distinctive design and convenience characteristics of the UX compact SUV while focusing on the opportunities to build on the performance advantages that are unique to EVs.

The UX 300e’s high-output motor provides natural yet brisk acceleration, and its high capacity batteries, located directly beneath the cabin floor, secure a low centre of gravity and allow for an optimal driving range for a compact urban vehicle (249 miles in the correlated NEDC cycle, corresponding to a more than 186-mile target range in the WLTP cycle). Making use of the latest connectivity technology, the UX 300e maximises the advantages of an EV while at the same time delivering driving performance and convenience. Lexus has always focused on providing distinctive driving performance, and that remains true in its development of its first battery-electric vehicle. Taking the signature refined driving performance of the UX as their starting point, engineers were able to leverage the qualities of the new electric drivetrain to further enhance the vehicle’s on-road performance. At the same time, the UX 300e
has one of the quietest cabins in its class. The Drive Mode Select function allows the driver to manage smooth acceleration and deceleration according the driving situation. The vehicle’s low centre of gravity supports excellent dynamic performance, thanks to both the motor and battery being located beneath the vehicle body, and optimum front/rear weight distribution. The high performance of the GA-C platform is enhanced with additional bracing and optimisation of shock absorber damping force to the match the dynamic changes that come with electrification. While EVs are naturally quiet, the UX 300e goes further by adding insulation beyond just that for the battery, suppressing external noises that would otherwise be noticeable in the absence of an engine and transmission. In developing the UX 300e, Lexus made use of the knowledge it has gained in developing its industry-leading hybrid systems, applying the same level of quality and ease of operation it has achieved with all its vehicles in the past. The engineering team has delivered outstanding battery reliability and adopted the latest connectivity technology to maximise the car’s everyday usability and smartphone-based functionality. The efficiency of the motor, inverter, gears and high- capacity battery was maximised. The batteries are equipped with a temperature management system that operates at low and high ambient temperatures. Reliability is further increased through the use of multiple monitoring systems to regulate charging and prevent issues, such as overcharging. The UX 300e also offers the latest in connected car technology.

By linking to a smartphone using the Lexus Link app, drivers can check battery charge and driving range. Charging controls are included, such as a timer which indicates when a full charge will be reached, and a charging schedule according to when the vehicle is next expected to be driven, or when energy prices are low. The app also allows the owner to remotely control the climate of the car. Additionally, the UX 300e is equipped with Lexus Safety System+, helping in the prevention of
accidents, injuries and fatalities.

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