Lexus has eclipsed the major milestone of two million global sales of electrified vehicles at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The company said this reflects its commitment to the reduction of CO2 emissions across a significant number of luxury segments and a clear indication that like sister-brand Toyota, Lexus is firmly on the path to carbon-neutrality.
This commitment will continue with confirmation that Lexus International will reveal the first Lexus plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in 2021, and the first Lexus battery electric vehicle (BEV) on a dedicated platform in 2022.
By 2025, Lexus International will debut 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 BEVs, PHEVs, and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). In the same year, Lexus International will make available an electrified version of every model in its line-up.
The future expectation on a global level is that sales of electrified models will exceed those of petrol/diesel-only variety.
Since the launch of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus has been a pioneer of electrification in luxury segments. The Lexus lineup of electrified vehicles will continue to provide a wide range of options tailored to meet the needs of luxury customers.
Since 2005, Lexus electrified vehicles have contributed to a cumulative global reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 19 million tonnes. This reduction is equivalent to the combined CO2 output of approximately 300 000 passenger cars each year for the past 15 years.
Globally, 33% of Lexus models sold were of the electrified variety during 2020. In South Africa, Lexus has already established itself as the leading luxury brand for hybrid electrification and this just further demonstrates TSAM’s commitment to this technology.
In fact, for almost every Lexus model (other than LX, RC, LS and LC) sold in the country, there is a hybrid variant available. In addition, Lexus has two hybrid-exclusive model ranges – the newly-minted IS and the premium compact UX SUV.