Lexus doesn’t see the need to include plug-in charge functionality to their cars, claiming that the efficiency gain wouldn’t leave enough of a mark to take it over its European Union fleet average CO2 target. At least not until 2021, that is.
In conversation with with Autocar UK, Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe, said: “Other companies need a few batteries and plugs to hit that target, but even with the growth of our SUV sales we are on course to be below 95g/km.”
“It doesn’t mean we’ll ignore the technology and in time I’m sure we will need it to hit tougher targets - but we’re ready for that if and when we need it. For now, we don’t; our customers will get the car they need without the added complexity.”
Having said that, the Japanese premium marque will continue on their vector of further proliferating integrating hybrid technology into their vehicles, and the shift toward the efficiency of electrification while still allowing the convenience of an internal combustion engine continues to grow as more further pressure is applied to diesel engines to meet stricter pollution regulations.
Uyttenhoven continues, citing a 25% share of all Lexus vehicles sold globally being hybrid models while units sold in Europe is almost entirely semi-electrified, consisting of 98 percent of all new Lexus cars.