Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept
The LF-30 Electrified concept embodies the Lexus Electrified vision. Its exterior projects the advanced, futuristic look expected of a BEV. The interior expresses Lexus’s distinctive approach by accommodating autonomous driving and other new technologies. Lexus’s electrified components provide the foundation for the vehicle’s performance, with new technology adding to the company’s established leadership in hybrid vehicle systems.
In taking up the challenge of a new design that could only be achieved with a BEV with in-wheel electric motors, Lexus articulated the LF-30 Electrified’s energy flow in visual terms. The vehicle’s form expresses the energy that streams from the wheels at each corner towards the cabin, past the driver and onto the road surface.
As a BEV, the LF-30 Electrified does not have a bonnet, so Lexus’s signature spindle shape has been evolved to span the entire vehicle architecture. The window glass, which extends continuously from front to rear, the muscular wings and the wing-shaped headlights, form the contours of the Lexus spindle. The body has an elegant, flowing front that transitions into a linear, sharp rear.
Taking Lexus’s human-centred philosophy to a higher level, the cockpit design is based on a new Lexus concept, Tazuna, This is inspired by the way use of a single rein can create mutual understanding between a horse and rider: there is a high degree of co-ordination between switches on the steering controller and the head-up display, so the driver can operate functions such as the navigation, audio system and driving mode selection without having to shift their vision or use manual switches. The LF-30 Electrified also uses next generation interfaces, such as gesture control and the presentation of vehicle information using AR (augmented reality). The result is an interior that is comfortable and convenient for both driver and passengers.
The LF-30 Electrified employs numerous state-of-the-art technologies beyond advanced posture control to achieve a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling and control and driver enjoyment. Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology regulates drive power from the high-torque electric motors to adjust vehicle posture in line with human sensibilities. Fully independent control of the front and rear wheels allows for front, rear and all-wheel drive to be used according to the driving conditions.
As a next generation BEV, the LF-30 Electrified uses wireless charging technology to simplify daily charging, and AI-based energy management for optimal distribution of electric power to both the vehicle and the home, with charging control co-ordinated with the user’s daily schedule.