When we think about Lexus, we often associate them with luxury vehicles such as the LS, LX, and the ES. But did you know they're also popular with hybrid and electrified vehicles? It may not seem like it, but as of April 2021, the Japanese luxury marque has sold 2 million units of electrified vehicles.
Two million units of electrified vehicles may not be a large number compared to other manufacturers. Do remember, though, Lexus didn't start out making hybrids. They're a luxury brand first and foremost. It was only in 2005 when they started offering hybrid models. The first model to get the hybrid treatment was the RX400h launched in 2005. Since then, the Japanese brand has expanded the model range even further.
Today, nearly all models in Lexus' lineup are available with a hybrid option. Specifically, the automaker sells nine models of electrified vehicles. Possibly the only exception at the moment would be the LX and GX, but that might change too once the next-generation model arrives. As a result, Lexus hybrid vehicles have contributed to a cumulative reduction of 19 million tons of CO2 emissions. The reduction is equivalent to the combined CO2 output of approximately 300,000 passenger cars each year for the past 15 years.
So what's the best-selling Lexus hybrid? It's the RX crossover with 518,000 units sold. No surprises there, considering it was the first model available with a hybrid option. The RX is followed by the ES, the CT, and the NX, respectively. The biggest market for Lexus hybrids is the US, and it's followed by Europe, Japan, and China.
Lexus isn't stopping with just nine electrified units. The automaker plans to introduce 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs by 2025. In the same period, the automaker hopes sales of electrified models will overtake pure internal combustion engine models. By 2050, Lexus aims to be carbon neutral throughout the entire vehicle lifecycle.
With more electrified models arriving, we won't be surprised if Lexus hist the 3 million sales milestone faster.