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Lexus eyes electric cars, shuns PHEVs
October 1, 2017  Ronan Glon ...

Lexus won't follow its German rivals into the world of plug-in hybrid luxury
sedans. Instead, its electrification strategy will focus on full electric
cars ... models.

"We do not need to have plug-in hybrid vehicles. It's a loophole in the
market. We will reach the CO2 targets without them," said Alain Uyttenhoven,
the head of Lexus' European boss, in an interview with British magazine Auto

Zero emissions -- which renders the radiator grille all but useless -- will
come from the top down. Lexus will begin its offensive by introducing either
an electric ... luxury model by 2020. It will be based on either the LS or
the LC, according to Auto Express. The publication explains the cost of
fitting either of those drivetrains to a smaller model (like the CT) is be
too high right now.

The technology will trickle down from the top sooner or later, though. 

Lexus could be eyeing a small, city-friendly model powered by an
all-electric drivetrain. If launched, it would be aimed directly at the
electric variant of the MINI Cooper that will hit the market in the coming
years. Don't expect it to be cheap, but Lexus says that's not necessarily a
bad thing.

"A lot of people who have reached a certain level of wealth like to have a
small, premium car more than a bigger, more mainstream brand of car,"
Uyttenhoven said.
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Lexus Bypassing Plug-In Hybrids, Looking At Fuel Cells, Maybe EVs
Apr 15, 2015 - Templin wouldn't say whether there's a Lexus fuel-cell
vehicle in the near ... plug-in hybrids, electric cars, fuel cells, all
that's sitting there on the ...

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