Here is the RZ450e – Lexus’ first “real” electric car

The first real electric car and the start of a new era. Now Lexus has launched the RZ450e, an electric crossover that offers a premium feel – as well as unique technology.

It’s been a while since Lexus launched its first electric car UX300e. However, it was a compromise model, now they have finally come out with a “real” car. The news goes by the name RZ450e and is the first in a planned offensive of new electric cars.

The RZ is a proper electric car built from the ground up on a dedicated platform that the model shares with the Toyota Bz4x. But unlike it, Lexus has a clear focus on premium customers.

The design is unmistakable, the distinctive body folds and the coil-shaped grille are very typical of Lexus. Sure, it’s a little less chrome and more minimalist, but still a lot of brand fidelity.

Inside of a Lexus RZ450e. Photo: Lexus

Under the hood, Lexus has a battery of 71.4 kWh, this should be enough for “more than 40 miles range” and the goal is to have a consumption of less than 1.8 kWh / mile when the car is type approved. But long range is not the only thing Lexus promises. No, the battery also gets a solid warranty and the manufacturer says that it is expected to have more than 90 percent capacity after ten years.

Quick loading is an interesting, but still unanswered question. With the UX300e, Lexus chose to offer only 50 kW Chademo, for the RZ450e Lexus says nothing about DC charging. However, the Toyota sibling manages 150 kW with CCS, which should be a clue as to what we can least expect.

E-axle and Direct 4

The energy in the battery is sent out to two engines in a system that Lexus calls the E-axle and with a new four-wheel drive system called “Direct 4”. The e-axle means that the engine, transmission and control unit sit between the wheels and thus are very compact. The Direct4 part consists of having twin motors where the front is 150 kW and the rear is 80 kW. The system power is written to 230 kW, which corresponds to 313 horsepower. For those who stomp on the gas, this translates to an acceleration of 0-100 km / h in 5.6 seconds. The speed increase then stops at the limit of 160 km / h.

The electronic four-wheel drive should also be lightning fast in the power and torque distribution, which according to Lexus makes the car safer and more fun to drive.

Lexus RZ450e. Photo: Lexus

Another novelty that comes with the electric car is fully electronic steer-by-wire steering. There is thus no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels. This is something Lexus and Toyota will be the first to do as a traditional volume manufacturer, and the technology has several advantages.

The new control technology provides an immediate response

In addition to being able to rationalize away some components, the upside should, according to the manufacturer, consist of “more precise steering feel and immediate response”. In addition, the wobble and vibrations that can occur on poor surfaces must also be filtered out.

And as icing on the cake for those who really want to get the full effect of the technology, the option “One Motion Grip” is offered. This is a special “butterfly-shaped” steering wheel that from the center position to full steering angle only has a 150 degree rotation – so you never have to cross your arms.

Exactly when the car will arrive in Sweden, and what the price will be, is still unknown. But it will probably be on the market towards the end of the year.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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