Lexus BEV Sport Concept Steals Our Heart - New Pictures and Specs Here
Lexus tugged at our heartstrings today, releasing another rendering of its Lexus BEV Sport Concept. Now that Toyota has returned to the idea of making battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) for North America, something it began doing in 1997 but then put on hold in 2014, we like to imagine what fun roadsters may be in the making.
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Lexus revealed the latest rendering back in December and today re-posted the concept rendering along with some bits of information we find of interest. First, Toyota says the cruising range could exceed 430 miles. That’s a funny number to choose in a concept car if Lexus hasn’t already started work. The range guestimate rounds pretty close to 700 km, so perhaps that is why “430” is the estimated range. Or maybe that is what Toyota’s testing reveals? In either case, 430 miles is the exact distance from Never-Ever Land to the Magical Kingdom if you follow the Yellow Brook Road, so that can not be a coincidence.
Here's a fun bit. Toyota says the car may use solid-state batteries. Not those silly liquid electrolyte ones we all talk about today that catch fire, cost so much, and are so darn heavy. Hey, if you are going to fantasize about a BEV you really should start with the batteries and work your way down, so to speak. We like our batteries solid.
Next up is the all-important 0-60 MPH sprint time. No imaginary sports car would be complete without a dreamy launch time. Toyota says it could be in the 2-second range. Of course, less than 2 seconds is almost impossible on a real road with street-legal rubber due to grip and physics, but hey, this is supposed to be a fun fantasy, so why not?
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Although many EV reporters make a decent living hyping imaginary EVs, this writer tries to keep it real. So, that’s why I chose the word “rendering” to describe the Lexus BEV Sport Concept. For accuracy, we should note that the work Lexus chose was “picture.” You be the judge.
Having covered Toyota and Lexus as a member of the media for a decade, and followed the brand as an enthusiast (first-gen Supra owner here) since the 1970s, one thing is certain. Toyota usually has the vehicle done when it announces a concept. That’s why its final products look pretty close to the original concept car “pictures” and why Toyota's and Lexus' concepts tend to look a little more realistic and a bit less fantabulous than some competitors' imaginings.
When will we see the two-second production version of a concept car that Lexus and Toyota have shown off now twice in four months? Tell us your guess in the comments below.
Renderings, a.k.a. "pictures," courtesy of Lexus Media Support.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin
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