Luxury brand Lexus has crossed the milestone of 2 million global sales of electrified vehicles at the end of April 2021. The landmark comes 16 years after the Toyota Group company launched the RX400h in 2005.
Since then, Lexus has continued to expand its line-up of electrified vehicles to provide a wide range of options tailored to meet the needs of customers and society. Based on a philosophy of ‘right time, right product, right place’, Lexus says it “hopes to further develop its electrified product portfolio to best respond to a varied range of energy sources and infrastructure environments encountered around the world.”
Lexus now sells nine models of electrified vehicles, including HEVs and BEVs, in approximately 90 countries and regions around the world. In 2020, 33% of the Lexus models sold globally were of the electrified variety. Since 2005, Lexus electrified vehicles have contributed to a cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 19 million tons. This reduction is equivalent to the combined CO2 output of approximately 300,000 passenger cars each year for the past 15 years. Lexus will continue to lead the steady growth of electrified vehicles and the reduction of CO2 emissions in line with our corporate mission of carbon neutrality and Sustainable Development Goals.
Under the "Lexus Electrified" vision announced in 2019, Lexus will evolve its electrification technology to realize enhanced vehicle performance characteristics and continue to provide customers with the fun and joy that the car brings. By 2025, Lexus will introduce 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs. That year is also the target for the brand to offer electrified vehicle options across the entire Lexus product range. The future expectation is that the sales of electrified models will exceed that of the pure-petrol variety. In addition, by 2050, Lexus aims to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire vehicle lifecycle such as materials, parts, and vehicle manufacturing along with logistics, driving, and disposal/recycling.
In order to further accelerate the spread of electric vehicles, Lexus plans to introduce the first PHEV in a mass-market model in 2021, and a completely new model dedicated to BEVs in 2022.
In India, Lexus retails the NX 300h and RX 450hL range of electrified crossovers, while its sedan portfolio includes the ES 300h and LS 500h electrified models. In January 2020, the company also introduced the Lexus LC 500h electrified sports coupe, which sits as its flagship offering in the country.