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Report: Lexus to favor full electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids

Report: Lexus to favor full electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids image

Anton Andres / Lexus | October 03, 2017 16:18

Lexus to leave plug-in hybrid cars to mother company, Toyota

The plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) has boomed for the past couple of years now, serving as the bridge between conventional hybrids and full electric vehicles (EVs). While most of the luxury brands have begun adapting them, Lexus has said that they will not pursue building plug-in hybrids.

Instead, the Japanese luxury marque says they will leave PHEV vehicles to its mother company, Toyota. At the same time, head of Lexus Europe Alain Uyttenhoven said that the automaker will instead shift its focus on pure EVs, as well as hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). Uyttenhoven added that EVs and FCVs will further cut down the average CO2 emissions from the brand.

With more stringent emissions standards on the horizon, the CEO believes that plug-in hybrids may eventually not be able to reach the requirements of the European Union. He also believes that adding PHEV tech to the current line-up might not make Lexus vehicles competitive in terms of pricing.

At the moment, it is yet to be known if an FCV or EV will be shown as a concept within the decade. However, recent concepts from Lexus have highlighted hybrid power and not the alternative powertrains they aim to go for in the future. If the automaker decides to aggressively push for EVs and FCVs, we might just see the first of its kind from the brand after 2020.

In the meantime, Lexus has a full range of hybrid cars in the line-up. It starts with the CT 200h, which was recently revamped a few months ago. There's also the IS 300h, ES 300h and GS 450h to serve as the marque's hybrid sedans. For crossovers meanwhile, Lexus offers the NX 300h and RX 450h and serving as their flagship hybrids are the LS 500h sedan and LC 500h coupe.