Lexus Offers a Glimpse of Future EV Models

Lexus has released a gallery of new images of its potential next-generation BEV Sport, Sedan and SUV concepts.

That these models were on the drawing board was first revealed in December 2021, in an announcement made by Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President, and the new Sedan, Sport and SUV concepts are proposed to be part of a full line-up of vehicles under the collective vision known as “Lexus Electrified.”

They do look stunning, but details are scarce at this point. However, with regards to the BEV Sport, Lexus says that acceleration from 0-100km/h mph could be in the low two-second range – which would make it one of the fastest-accelerating road-going EVs. The company is also giving a clue as to what system will be providing the energy to the concepts, saying that cruising distance could edge towards 700km ‘thanks to the possible use of solid-state batteries.’

Solid-state batteries (SSB) are a major part of battery research and their use of a solid rather than liquid electrolyte makes them not only safer but able to pack in more energy density. A smaller-in-volume, and lighter, SSB can offer similar range to a bigger liquid-electrolyte battery, which allows for the design of vehicles that are lighter and that offer more interior space. An SSB of the same size as a liquid-electrolyte equivalent can offer much greater range.

We wait to see how this might pan out, but if the tech matches the Lexus designs, then the company is on to sure-fire winner.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (March 2022) 

20 March 2022

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