Luxury Asian Automakers Ready EVs For Launch Around 2020

2 weeks ago by Eric Loveday 6

 2012 Infiniti LE Concept

2012 Infiniti LE Concept

Lots of luxury Asian automakers are reportedly readying electric cars for production by 2020 or a bit later, according to Automotive News who states:

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

“Lexus, Genesis, Acura and Infiniti say they are weighing electric vehicle offerings — in some cases to meet emissions rules, in others because zippy, futuristic EV cachet enhances their luxury buzz.”

Lexus, a Toyota brand, would be the big surprise here and perhaps Acura (a Honda brand) too.

Hyundai says a Genesis EV will be in production just after 2020 as part of the automaker’s push to have at least three BEVs on the market by 2025.

Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president at Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center, stated:

“In Genesis, we absolutely need that kind of luxury electric vehicle.”

Infiniti’s first EV, described as a performance, luxury electric, will be out around 2020 and will use some tech borrowed from parent company Nissan.

Meanwhile, Acura’s approach to EVs are that the brand simply needs one in the lineup and says that Acura’s EV will be innovative and unique, as that’s what the brand is all about.

Lastly, Lexus, the long holdout, seems ready to enter the segment too. Following the Paris Motor Show, Jeff Bracken, general manager of Lexus International, says the automaker “began conversations with our product planners” in regards to a future BEV.

Bracken added:

“I think we’d have our head buried in the sand if we didn’t thoroughly study all electric.”

All aboard…it seems.

Source: Automotive News

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7 responses to "Luxury Asian Automakers Ready EVs For Launch Around 2020"

  1. ijonjack says:

    Pretty …..FUGLY*&^%$%^#@!!!!@#$%:)

  2. Rich says:

    “Lexus, Genesis, Acura and Infiniti say they are weighing electric vehicle offerings” isn’t what I would call an encouraging statement. Here’s hoping that Tesla has a massive impact on all of their sales numbers. Destroy these CEOs bonuses and the comment will change from “weighing” to “building”.

    Vote with your wallet.

  3. Dj says:

    A Genesis EV could be reeeeeaaaalllllyyyy nice!

  4. Ct200h says:

    Lexus has both the deepest engineering and manufacturing expertise for possible EV’s and the lowest interest and faith in EV’s.

    A sad combination. They are so capable and you have to think the engineers on the Prius vehicles would like to do a BEV. Perhaps the results of the recent market survey presumably undertaken by Toyota in the USA will push them along in their thinking.

  5. G2 says:

    Bracken added:

    “I think we’d have our head buried in the sand if we didn’t thoroughly study all electric”

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

  6. Fabian says:

    Gosh, that Infiniti LE Concept Has been shown over and over since 2012 and now it seems like a lifetime ago.

    Infinity and VW, please just go away.

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