The electric UX won't arrive in the United Kingdom until 2021, although it will go on sale in China next year.
Coming to the important bit though, the UX 300e is driven by a 201bhp electric motor located at the front.
"The all-electric UX 300e was developed for excellent on-road performance", Lexus said in a statement. Rather than opt for a standalone design like many carmakers have these days, Lexus has chosen to base its first EV on an existing vehicle, and one that also happens to be its smallest offering, the UX crossover.
The efficiency of the motor, inverter, gears and high-capacity battery were all maximized, utilizing the knowledge acquired developing hybrid vehicles.
We have no word on whether the UX EV will make its way to the U.S. Lexus says it will go on sale in China and Europe next year, with a Japan introduction in 2021. Based on the GA-C platform, the batteries are stored under the floor of the cabin providing a low centre of gravity. Fast charging is possible at up to 50 kilowatts only. In fact, the only changes that Lexus made to the body include more aerodynamic wheels and an underbody cover. At the same time, the UX 300e has one of the quietest cabins in its class.
Owners can keep tabs on their auto through their smartphone via a LexusLink app that allows them to check the battery state of charge and driving range, and even control the car's climate, remotely. Drivers can control the experience with a number of driving modes, as well as paddle "shifters" that adjust the level of regen feel form the electric motor/generator.
Engineers also focused on sound while driving to provide a natural feeling. The battery should have a temperature management system that works at low and high ambient temperatures.
The technology of Lexus Electrified enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension, and brakes, realising the ultimate potential of the motor control technology cultivated in hybrid vehicles. Charging controls are also included such as a timer function to inform the owner when the UX 300e is fully charged or schedule the charging.