Electric cars will use a BEV-dedicated platform.
The Japanese company (part of Toyota) announced that by 2025 it will introduce 20 new or improved models. More than half of them will be electrified - battery-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or hybrid (HEV).
It would be great if we see several new all-electric models within those five years.
Considering the presentation of the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept and a hint that the "Electric cars will use BEV-dedicated platform," we can assume that at least some of those BEVs will be proprietary models rather than compliance, low-spec EV versions of ICE cars.
The LF-Z Electrified concept specs gives us an idea of what we could expect from the upcoming Lexus electric cars.
There is long-range - 600 km (373 miles) WLTP and a high-capacity liquid-cooled battery - 90 kWh, that can be charged at up to 150 kW.
The new platform will utilize the DIRECT4, dual-motor, all-wheel-drive system (one electric motor per axle) with a peak system output of 400 kW and 700 Nm of torque. That's enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds. The top speed is listed at 200 km/h (124 mph) - not the highest but not slow either.
If Lexus is going electric, we can assume that Toyota and its satellite brands will also join the BEV bandwagon...finally.
2021 Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept specs:
- Range (all-electric)
WLTP: 600 km (373 miles)
- 90 kWh battery; liquid cooled
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds
- top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph)
- dual motor all-wheel drive
- peak system output of 400 kW and 700 Nm of torque
- DC fast charging: up to 150 kW
Overall length: 4,880 mm
Overall width: 1,960 mm
Overall height (mm) 1,600 mm
Wheelbase: 2,950 mm
- Curb weight: 2,100 kg