The Lexus UX 300e
The official announcement of the Tesla truck, no matter the issues with the windows, has truly cemented the future of electric vehicles. And luxury brands have not been shying away from this electric future, with a myriad of electric vehicles from many luxury automotive brands including Audi, Jaguar, and even Porsche. Lexus though, has finally announced their own full venture into the electric part, and the most shocking part isn’t even the electric capability; it’s that this vehicle will not be released in the U.S. for at least the foreseeable future.
The first electric vehicle from Lexus will be the UX300e, obviously based on the current UX lineup, and will release next year as a 2020 vehicle in the Chinese and European markets. Following that, the vehicle will make its way over to Japan by 2021. The reasoning behind this is probably twofold: One, Tesla has been steadily taking over the electric market, increasing their market shares in all regions (although sometimes by only a percentage or two). The second reason ties into the first, in that although the electric market continues to grow, there has not been enough of a desire in the US markets for electric vehicles outside of Tesla for Lexus to choose to support the US markets.
But in the meantime, we can see the performance of the UX300e, both in terms of vehicle measurements and sales performance. With a 201-horsepower electric motor and front-wheel drive system, the UX300e is expected to reach 248 miles per charge by the NEDC.
Other than a few small exterior changes such as special wheels and an altered underbody to take advantage of a battery and no conventional drivetrain means most Lexus customers will be fairly comfortable swapping from a UX to the UX300e. Although any US drivers will have to wait and see if Lexus decides that the states are a place for their electric vehicle.