Lexus, the luxury brand owned by Toyota, will showcase an exciting prototype vehicle at the upcoming Japan Mobility Show.
The Lexus electric concept car will provide a glimpse into the company’s next-generation electric vehicles (EVs). Lexus’s EVs will feature modular body structures and upgraded lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will reportedly have a range of over 800 kilometers (497 miles) on a full charge.
The Japanese automaker plans to introduce its first next-gen EV in 2026. It’ll incorporate significant changes in production methods and software platform to achieve carbon neutrality.
The next-gen EV will also provide customers with cost savings. The next-gen EV will cost roughly 20% less than the current bZ4X model (pictured above).
Lexus aims to reduce the fast charge time to approximately 20 minutes for a 10 to 80% recharge. A more affordable lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) battery is expected to enable a driving range of over 600 km (372 miles) at a cost 40% lower than the current bZ4X battery.
The modular body structure features a three-part design. It encompasses the front module housing the electric motor, suspension, and steering; the middle module accommodating the battery pack; and the rear module containing a second electric motor and suspension arrangement.
The three-part design streamlines processes and increases productivity.
In the future, Lexus EVs are expected to adopt the same manufacturing strategy. They’ll also leverage gigacasting. Gigacasting refers to the use of large presses to produce enormous aluminum auto parts.
According to InsideEVs, Lexus EVs are expected to use solid-state batteries beginning in 2027. These advanced batteries promise a driving range exceeding 621 miles and an impressive 10-minute recharge time from 10 to 80%.
The Japan Mobility Show will take place between Thursday, October 26 and Sunday, November 5. The main venue will be the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
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