The first all-electric Lexus, the luxury compact UX 300e is now on sale in Australia. It offers maximum power of 150kW and torque of 300Nm, incorporating a high-output motor and high-capacity lithium-ion battery that can deliver a 400km driving range in certain driving conditions.

The UX 300e takes about 50 minutes for quick charging and about seven hours for household AC charging, from empty.

A Drive Mode Select function is designed to assist the management of smooth acceleration and deceleration. Paddle shifters can be used in a similar manner to engine braking, providing four levels of deceleration regeneration.

Lexus Australia boss, Scott Thompson said the time is right to expand the electrified Lexus portfolio in Australia and ensure customers have the luxury of choice when selecting from an advanced Lexus powertrain.

“We are privileged to have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from luxury customers who have owned Lexus self-charging hybrid electric vehicles, confirming that we committed to this pioneering technology at the right time,” Mr Thompson said.

We’ve yet to road test a Lexus UX 300e, but will borrow one as soon as possible and publish our findings asap. Looking forward to this one…

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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