The new Lexus UX 300e electric car will boast a 10-year battery warranty. In distance terms, it’s covered for for 1,000,000 kilometres, or 600,000 miles.
Most electric car batteries are warranted for up to eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes sooner, so the Lexus offering is a huge step forward for the industry. The UX 300e is the company’s first fully electric vehicle.
“Our acknowledged leadership in electrification, coupled with this 10-year warranty commitment, brings a new level of reassurance to customers opting for a BEV in this segment,” said Pascal Ruch, head of Lexus Europe.
The warranty covers all functional defects of the battery and capacity degradation below 70 percent, provided the owner has stuck to the maintenance schedule.
Lexus has developed a battery cell air-cooling system that it says is safer and lighter than water-cooled systems. Stable battery output is maintained even at high speed and during repeated rapid charging. Heating elements under each battery module minimise the impact of cold weather on driving range.
The UX 300e drivetrain includes a 150kW electric motor driving the front wheels, delivering a top speed of 99.5mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. The other crucial figure is a WLTP driving range of 300km (186 miles).
By linking to a smartphone using the LexusLink app, drivers can check battery charge and driving range. The app also allows the owner to remotely control the preconditioning function.
Although European sales are expected to start this year, the Lexus UX 300e won’t be available in the UK until early 2021.
Lexus UX 300e: key information
- Battery capacity: 54.3kWh
- WLTP driving range: 186 miles
- Standard AC charge: 6.6kW
- Quick DC charge: 50kW
- Charging time (AC): 7 hours
- Charging time (DC): 50 minutes
- System output: 150kW
- 0-62mph: 7.5 seconds
- Max speed: 99.5mph
- Price: TBC