Lexus, the luxury brand under Toyota’s umbrella, is set to reveal a groundbreaking concept car at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show. This concept will serve as a sneak peek into Lexus’ next-generation electric vehicle (EV), which is slated to feature a modular body structure and an upgraded battery capable of providing an astonishing range of over 497 miles on a single charge.
Lexus, known for its pursuit of luxury and innovation, currently has the RZ as its sole electric vehicle. However, the company is gearing up for a significant transformation. The first of its next-gen all-electric vehicles is scheduled to make its debut in 2026. This new generation of EVs will not only introduce a revolutionary production approach but also incorporate a completely revamped software platform, aligning with Lexus’ commitment to becoming carbon-neutral.
While specific details about the upcoming concept are still under wraps, this announcement closely follows Toyota’s recent unveiling of a modular EV structure and its commitment to developing lithium-ion batteries for 2026-bound electric cars. These batteries promise a remarkable range of over 497 miles, all while being 20 percent more cost-effective than those used in Toyota’s bZ4X and Lexus RZ. Fast charging is also set to become more efficient, taking just around 20 minutes for a 10 to 80 percent charge. Additionally, a lower-cost lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) variant will offer a range of over 372 miles at 40 percent less costs than the current battery packs.
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Toyota’s modular body structure approach involves a three-part design, comprising the front module housing the electric motor, suspension, and steering, the middle section accommodating the battery pack, and a rear module with a second electric motor and suspension setup. This innovative approach streamlines production processes, leading to increased productivity.
Expectations are that Lexus-branded EVs will follow suit with this manufacturing strategy, as well as adopting the planned solid-state batteries scheduled for 2027. These solid-state batteries are anticipated to usher in a new era of EVs, boasting a remarkable range exceeding 621 miles and a rapid 10-minute charge time from 10 to 80 percent. Lexus is undoubtedly poised to make waves in the electric vehicle market with these innovative developments.