Lexus electric car: LF-30 concept to make European debut at Geneva
Lexus has announced that its LF-30 Electrified concept, first revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The company says that with the LF-30 it's targeting "a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling and control and driver enjoyment, even as mobility changes with the development of autonomous driving and electrification". The concept boasts a 110kWh battery, 150kW charging speed and an estimated range of 310 miles. Its 0-62mph acceleration time is 3.8 seconds and top speed is 124mph.
Outside, the LF-30's styling has been influenced by the fact that it has in-wheel motors, removing the need to accommodate the drivetrain under the body. An evolution of Lexus' signature 'spindle' grille now spreads across the entire car. There are also wing-shaped headlights and window glass that extends continuously from front to rear. Aerodynamic and cooling requirements are taken care of by the sculpted body shape and side air intakes.
Inside, the LF-30 has been influenced by a concept Lexus calls 'Tazuna', inspired by how a single rein can create a connection between a horse and its rider. Co-ordination between switches on the dashboard and graphics on the head-up display allow for the operation of numerous functions while keeping eyes on the road, while gesture control and augmented reality interfaces are also present.
In the back, occupants enjoy seats that mold to their exact shape thanks to artificial muscle technology and offer three positions: reclining, relaxing and alert. There's also a Mark Levinson stereo with speakers built into the headrests and an integrated noise-cancelling function. Sustainable materials have been used in the construction of the interior, including charred cedar for the floor and steering controller and recycled metal fibres in the door trim.
Lexus says the concept harnesses autonomous driving technology, but is also aimed at "customers who are equally passionate about driving and luxury experiences". Its in-wheel motors and low-mounted battery promise good handling characteristics. Front, rear or four-wheel drive are possible depending on conditions and preferences, while steering is by wire rather than mechanical connection with the front wheels.
Wireless charing and AI-based energy management also feature on the LF-30, and it can co-ordinate its charing with a user's daily schedule. The car can also recognise different occupants and adjust things like seat position, infotainment settings and climate-control temperature to their individual preferences.
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, with a Lexus UX 300e already confirmed for 2021.