Lexus has stated that, after releasing its first-ever mass-market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) later this year, it will debut its first dedicated battery-electric vehicle in 2022. Lexus, Toyota’s premium division, has only one battery-electric model at the moment. Toyota has been a vocal opponent of EVs but a leader of hybrids. In Europe, the Lexus UX 300e is available, however, it is a reworking of a gas-powered vehicle. That will change next year when the carmaker introduces a battery-electric vehicle built from the ground up.
With the LF-Z Electrified concept unveiled earlier this spring, Lexus gave the world a thinly veiled glimpse of a prospective crossover whose platform is going to be shared with the Toyota EV model set to hit the market later this year. The LF-Z concept revealed a midsize crossover featuring a rakish profile, which is possible to benefit some height and cargo room for its production debut, maybe to no one’s surprise.
In addition to announcing the debut of its next electric vehicle in 2022, Lexus revealed some longer-term ambitions. “By 2025, Lexus will offer 20 new or enhanced models, including over 10 BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs,” according to the company. “The brand also wants to offer electrified car alternatives throughout the full Lexus product line by that year. Electric vehicle sales are expected to surpass those of pure-petrol vehicles in the future. Furthermore, by 2050, Lexus is going to achieve carbon neutrality across the entire vehicle lifecycle, including materials, parts, and vehicle manufacturing, as well as logistics, driving, and disposal/recycling.”
It’s worth noting that Lexus considers hybrids to be “electrified” vehicles “As a result, the percentage of battery-electric vehicles in this total count may not be as large as it appears. As a result, Lexus and Toyota will take small steps toward EVs, rather than switching away from hybrids as soon as some EV aficionados would prefer. This implies that Lexus’ EV fleet will not grow as quickly as rivals Mercedes and BMW’s, which have Electric Vehicles in the works for almost every key segment. Lexus is anticipated to take a bit different approach, beginning with a clear crowd-pleaser in the form of a crossover. Of course, Lexus is cautious, but it is also aware of markets where EV adoption is low, such as Northern Europe and China.
When it comes to the plug-in hybrids, the carmaker has been cautious in its U.S. offers, and it’s likely to be sold as a crossover, just like its future BEV model. The Lexus NX is likely to be that crossover, which is due for a facelift soon, with the 2022 model debuting later this year.