First Lexus EV arriving soon

Legendary Lexus reliability and technical skills honed through years of hybrid powertrain development meet in Lexus’ UX300e – the Japanese marque’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. And it’s on its way to New Zealand.

Since introducing the RX400h in 2005, Lexus has been considered a pioneer in vehicle electrification technology, developing vehicles that deliver both performance and environmental friendliness. Today, almost the entire Lexus line-up is available with a hybrid powertrain.

Soon New Zealand Lexus customers will be able to experience the manufacturer’s take on full battery electric drive technology, with the arrival of the UX300e. The compact crossover is Lexus’ first EV, building on all the attributes of the popular entry-level model.

The all-electric UX300e was developed for excellent on-road performance, but not to the detriment of Lexus’ distinctive design and the model’s practical characteristics. The UX300e's high-output motor provides a natural-yet-brisk acceleration character, and the high-capacity batteries located directly underneath the floor of the cabin deliver a low centre of gravity and up to 400km (NEDC) of driving range from a full charge.

Longstanding leadership in hybrid electric vehicle development means Lexus’ in-vehicle systems, such as the power control unit, battery management system, and electric motor have been tried and tested over many millions of kilometres.

 

This leadership also extends to outstanding battery reliability. The batteries are equipped with a temperature management system that operates at low and high ambient temperatures. Reliability is also increased with the use of multiple monitoring systems that regulate charging and prevent conditions like overcharging. Lexus also developed special aerodynamic wheels and an underbody cover for the UX300e.

More than just a dedicated electric solution, the UX300e still offers all the premium touches that Lexus drivers expect, including a sumptuous interior, the comprehensive Lexus Safety System+, and the latest in connected car technology. By linking to a smartphone using a dedicated app, drivers can check their UX300e’s state of charge and driving range. Charging controls are also included such as a timer function to inform the owner when the vehicle will be fully charged or to schedule the charging according to when the vehicle is expected to be driven next.

 

The Lexus UX300e has one of the quietest cabins in its class, as befits the sound management heritage of the manufacturer, while the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system lets drivers manage smooth acceleration and deceleration according to their situation. Drivers can experience powerful acceleration and instant torque from the EV powertrain as they push the accelerator and use the car’s paddle shift in a similar manner as engine braking through four levels of deceleration and battery regeneration―all while enjoying a natural on-road feel.

 

Perfect for town and around, the Lexus UX300e will make its New Zealand debut later this year. To register interest in the forthcoming Lexus UX300e, customers should visit www.lexus.co.nz.

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