Lexus electric car: concept coming to Tokyo Motor Show

A Lexus electric-car concept will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month

Lexus will reveal a new electric-car concept at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show, it has been announced. A teaser image (above) shows the LED headlight signature of the battery electric vehicle (BEV), however no performance details have been given at this stage.

Lexus says the concept will harness autonomous driving technology, but that the car will be aimed at "customers who are equally passionate about driving and luxury experiences". This suggests it'll also feature normal driving modes and a steering wheel.

Lexus was one of the pioneers of hybrid technology, but electric cars are conspicuous by their absence from its current range. However, that's set to change over the coming years. Speaking to our sister title Auto Express at the 2017 Frankfurt Show, Lexus’ Europe boss Alain Uyttenhoven confirmed the company would introduce electric vehicles.

Lexus parent company Toyota confirmed its plans late in 2017, when it committed to having 10 electric vehicles on sale by the early 2020s. It said it would start by selling the cars in China, before gradually introducing them around the rest of the world. It also said it would expand its line-up of fuel-cell vehicles at around the same time.

Lexus – along with Toyota – had already said it plans to have electric or electrified versions of its entire range on sale by 2025. And while there’s no confirmation of when the first electric Lexus will go on sale, or what it'll be, the company has previously unveiled the LF-1 Limitless concept.

Although there was no word on what powered the show car, it was significant that Lexus was happy to confirm that it could have an electric powertrain.