Lexus plans to showcase a next-generation EV concept in October, highlighting a modular design and impressive battery advancements.
Lexus to debut a next-gen EV concept with a modular body structure at Japan Mobility Show.
The new EV will feature a battery with over 497 miles of range and a renewed software platform.
Toyota’s modular EV structure and future solid-state batteries suggest advancements for upcoming Lexus vehicles.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, is gearing up to present an electric vehicle (EV) concept at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show. This unveiling is expected to offer insights into the brand’s future EV, which boasts a modular design and a highly efficient battery purported to deliver more than 497 miles on a single charge.
Presently, the brand’s electric offerings are limited to the RZ model. However, by 2026, Lexus aims to expand its EV lineup, incorporating significant innovations in production techniques and software platforms. This move aligns with their broader goal of achieving carbon neutrality.
Interestingly, this announcement comes on the heels of Toyota’s own revelations. Just a day prior, Toyota highlighted its modular approach to EV design, a strategy that effectively segments the vehicle into three primary components: the front module (housing the electric motor, steering, and suspension), the central section (containing the battery pack), and the rear module (with another electric motor and suspension setup). The utilization of Toyota’s giga-casting elements in this design signifies a push towards efficiency and productivity.
In terms of battery technology, Toyota has shared plans for a more affordable lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) variant, promising over 372 miles of driving range. This battery would also be considerably cheaper, costing 40% less than the current bZ4X model’s pack. Additionally, future solid-state batteries, expected by 2027, could offer over 621 miles of range and charge from 10% to 80% in a mere 10 minutes. Given these developments at Toyota, similar advancements are anticipated for Lexus’s EV range.