Lexus’s First BEV Claims Paltry Range, Single Motor Setup

Lexus’s first BEV will have just 250 miles of range from a 54.3kWh battery, 60 miles less than the electrified concept vehicle it unveiled last month.

This is similar to its rivals, with Ford’s Mustang Mach E claiming between 210 and 230 miles from the base model, and Audi’s e-tron SUV rated for 248 miles. However, the LF-30 Electrified Concept had a 110kWh battery, double the battery capacity of the UX 300e, and 310 miles of range.

The production vehicle, named the UX 300e, was unveiled at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition and is the electric version of the Japanese manufacturer’s regular UX crossover. It has a single motor mounted on the front axle, sending 150kW of power and 221ft-lbs of torque to the front wheels.

Once again, this is considerably less than the concept vehicle, which featured a four-motor setup, with the motors inside the wheel assemblies, generating 397kW of power and torque of 516ft-lbs.

When the time comes to charge it, it will accept a relatively slow 50kW DC charger, meaning it will take over an hour to charge the car to full capacity.

It will be available in China next year and in Europe in 2021.

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