The Lexus LF-30 is an Electrifying concept car unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. It sets the stage for a whole slew of battery-powered vehicles to come from Toyota’s luxury division.
The LF-30’s planned powertrain would have a motor in each wheel, a large battery under the vehicle’s floor, and wireless charging capability. In keeping with the green theme, Lexus says that the LF-30 features sustainable materials including traditional Japanese cedar wood and fabric made of recycled fibers.
Motor authority revealed that the peak output of the LF-30 Electrified’s four in-wheel motors is 536 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This will see the LF-40 Electrified sprint to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and top out at a governed 124 mph.
Delivering juice to the electric motors is a 110-kilowatt-hour unit stored in the floor, and on a single charge Lexus said the LF-30 Electrified should deliver close to 300 miles of range. Maximum charging can only be done at 150 kilowatts, though a cable isn’t required thanks to wireless charging capability.
The LF-30 has about the same footprint as the latest ES sedan or long-wheelbase RX crossover, and splits the difference in height between them. But as you can see, it’s draped in edgier, more futuristic sheetmetal and glass – lots of glass. A prominent and fresh take on the brand’s signature Spindle grille punctuates the front end, flanked by deep air intakes (unusual or even unnecessary on an electric vehicle) and slender headlight strips. The taillights are even more dramatic, the wheels are suitably oversized and stylized for a show car, and the lines crisscrossing the shape take Lexus’ trademark edgy styling that much further.
Lexus pledged to launch its first EV and its first plug-in hybrid during the early 2020s, however, and it hopes its electrified models will ultimately outsell its non-electrified cars. To reach that goal, it announced every car in its range will be electrified to some degree by 2025, which is admirable, but also inevitable if it wants to continue peddling big, heavy vehicles during the next decade.