Lexus will become an electric-only marque globally by 2035, but in some regions internal combustion models will be retired by 2030.
Like other luxury brands, Lexus will become Toyota’s electric (EV) torchbearer, with the upscale marque ditching internal combustion engines ahead of the mainstream Toyota brand.
Overnight Toyota upped its commitment to electric vehicles, promising 30 electric cars across a broad range of segments by 2030.
In addition to this, Lexus aims for EVs to account for 100 per cent of its sales in North America, Europe and China by 2030. For other markets, there will be a “full lineup of battery EVs in all vehicle segments by 2030”.
Beyond this, Lexus says it is targeting 100 per cent of global sales to come from electric vehicles by 2035.
Should the brand achieve its goals, it will be a few years behind Volvo (2030) and Cadillac (2030), but ahead of its German competition.
Audi has committed to going EV-only by 2033 with the notable exception of China, while Mercedes-Benz says it will switch to pure electric motivation but only “where market conditions allow”.
The brand’s first EV was the UX300e but its first dedicated electric car, the RZ crossover, won’t debut in full until next year. At last night’s press conference, however, the company did give the world a first look at its exterior.
Based on the same e-TNGA platform as the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, the RZ has a unique exterior and is promised to have a higher performance drivetrain. (You can read all we know about the RZ here.)
The brand had two upcoming models on display at the Toyota EV event: a larger RX-class crossover and a IS-style sports sedan.
It’s unclear when these two vehicles will debut, but their presence at the show suggests they will be the next cabs off the rank.
Topping out the range will be a spiritual successor to the LFA supercar. Previewed overnight by the Electrified Sport concept, it will reportedly have a 0-100km/h time in the low 2-second range and come with a battery pack capable of delivering 700km of range.
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