Lexus Plug-In Hybrid models would not be rushed before 2021 as its entire fleet is capable of achieving European Union’s CO2 emission target
Lexus won’t focus on the plug-in hybrid cars before 2021. The company says that it will currently keep away the plug-in versions of its cars as its entire fleet is capable of achieving the European Union’s CO2 emission target of 95g/km.
While not interested to introduce the plug-in hybrid technology immediately, Lexus has cleared it is not ignoring it. The automaker claims environment friendly technology will be introduced in right time when needed. Lexus believes, hybrid car sales will continue to rise. At present, 25% of the brand’s entire car line-up is hybrid models. In European market only, 98% of the Lexus cars sold are made up of hybrid sales.
Speaking about the issue, Lexus Europe boss Mr. Alain Uyttenhoven has said, other companies need a few batteries and plugs to reach the target. But even with the steady growth of Lexus’ SUV sales, the company is on course to be below the 95g/km CO2 emission level. He also said, presently the company wants its customers to get their cars without any added complexity.
The pressure on diesel powertrain is rising all around the world, which is making way for alternate energy sources. In this situation, development and implementation of the hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell and electric powertrain technologies are increasing across the globe.
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Lexus is stepping in India with three models initially. These are the RX 450h crossover, LX 450d large SUV and ES 300h sedan. Booking for these three cars have been already begun in the country and delivery of these models are expected to begin from March next year. Initially these luxury cars will be brought here as CBU, but later local production will commence.
Source: Autocar UK