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Lexus is promoting some interviews with Etienne Plas, due to the UX300e, some "new" information:

-> CHAdeMO fast charging for all introduced markets due to large availability, they believe there is around 14k charging points, more than CCS.
My question would be, offering a CCS connection, wouldn't be a more future proof product?

->It's currently being sold for Netherlands and Norway, first deliveries to start in around 3 months.

->More markets only for Q1 2021.

->They're planning a international partnership for the charging network.

-> For the Netherlands, Toyota and Lexus have partened with VATTENFAL (https://group.vattenfall.com/press-and-media/news--press-releases/pressreleases/2020/vattenfall-incharge-and-louwman-group-in-new-cooperation-to-charge-electrical-vehicles-and-reach-zero-emission)

Honestly, they could learn from Mercedes on charging payment:
 
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Charging pricing is going to be such a mess, as there has never been. Contracts to charge car from certain network? Imagine having a contract with a grocery store, can't shop unless you have a contract, need a contract for every store brand...
 

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Charging pricing is going to be such a mess, as there has never been. Contracts to charge car from certain network? Imagine having a contract with a grocery store, can't shop unless you have a contract, need a contract for every store brand...
Providers are unifying that, manufacturers just providing users.
 

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Charging pricing is going to be such a mess, as there has never been. Contracts to charge car from certain network? Imagine having a contract with a grocery store, can't shop unless you have a contract, need a contract for every store brand...
Contracts are the new high-end, better-service option. All the online purchase portals now offer a "contract", via some type of membership (like Amazon Prime). Buy a membership -- or contract or subscription -- and get better service, like discounts, free shipping, etc. A no-contract option is still available but membership/contract gets you better service.

So I can understand a contract with an charging service provider, if it gets you "to the front of the line". Until EV charging stations become as ubiquitous as the corner gas/petrol station, I can understand paying for a membership to get better, guaranteed service.
 

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A "small" request from our Chinese friends, is it possible to have some charging curve?
I've been looking for some information about it but without any luck... Since we're getting CHAdeMO@50kW, it shouldn't be all that far from your GB/T.
 

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New information for Europe, Lexus will offer charging services:


 

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Lexus Europe UX300e Press Kit is now available:



We can read that reliability and durability are Lexus main goals:
“For maximum control, battery voltage sensors have been adopted to monitor the voltage of each battery cell and block, as well as the battery cell temperature. This enhanced level of battery voltage detection, in tandem with the car’s advanced Battery Management System, results in maximum usable battery cell capacity, leading to an extended driving range.“

“Designed to last the entire life of the UX 300e and equipped with an advanced battery management system, the lithium-ion battery pack delivers over 300 km of range and has been developed for minimum deterioration.”

They also say:
“With the UX 300e spearheading this quantum shift at Lexus, ’Lexus Electrified’ includes the development of next-generation HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs. Moving forward, Lexus plans to expand its electrified vehicle line-up: the first Lexus PHEV and a new dedicated BEV (all-electric) platform will be launched early this decade.”

Sadly it has been developed with urban driving given its small range and slow DC charging, but it seems it was made this way to achieve a industry leading battery longevity.
 

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It might be a bit quirky for some, but quiet EV power really suits the Lexus vibe

FOR: Slick, sophisticated, well judged

AGAINST: Suffers slightly from not being a bespoke e-platform

Verdict
A solid effort at a full pure electric vehicle from Lexus. It’s quiet, efficient enough, makes good use of the advantages of the drivetrain and is a relaxing car to drive. There’s not a huge amount of surprise and delight - it feels like ‘just’ an electric UX, and you wonder what Lexus might be able to do with a bespoke EV platform given the opportunity. Which it likely will have in the not-too-distant future.

Interestingly, Lexuses have always suited slick and quiet motivation, so the application of electric feels entirely in-keeping with the brand - it feels very natural to be piloting a Lexus BEV. It’s not particularly cheap, and there’s a lot of competition on the horizon, but for now, it’s a decent effort.
 

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We finally have some pricing for the UX300e, with every expenses accounted for it goes from 54.900€ (Around 3.000€ more than a base spec TM3 SR+) up to 67.200€ (Around 500€ more than a base spec TM3P or 1000€ than a base spec TMY LR).
 
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