The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Lexus EV
Price: From € 57,805
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 54.3 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 315 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV

Lexus, renowned for the manufacture of luxury cars, is owned by the Japanese automotive behemoth, Toyota Motor Corporation. Lexus was created in 1989 to compete against Japanese rivals, Honda Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company, who had established their premium brands, Acura and Infiniti, respectively. However, work on the Lexus concept commenced as early as 1983.

The Lexus brand is now a well recognised global automotive brand in the premium segment, with its luxury cars sold in more than 90 countries. The United States continues to be its largest market. Though Lexus is relatively late to the global electrification (EV) race, the company has been involved with hybrid technology since 2005, the year the hybrid version of the RX crossover made its debut. The company has been a leader in ‘self-charging hybrid cars’. The company currently has 8 vehicles that use hybrid/ plug-in hybrid technology and has only one battery-electric vehicle (BEV). The company has the following plug-in electric vehicles (EVs):

The Lexus UX is a compact luxury SUV crossover. It was launched in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. UE stands for ‘Urban Explorer’ and has been developed using the GA-C platform. The UX SUV is available as a mild hybrid and as a fully electric variant, the Lexus UX300e battery-electric SUV.

The premium EV is available in one EV battery size (54.3 kWh). Though not as large as some of the more recent BEV introductions, the e-SUV still has a decent EV range. The electric vehicle has a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 315 km (WLTP). However, depending on driving conditions, driving style, onboard services used, passenger load, etc, the real-world electric range will be lower, closer to 265 km.

A 265 km EV range is still a very useful e-range. Do keep in mind that the majority of our day-to-day driving needs are shorter commutes i.e. school runs, grocery store, gym, work, high street etc. In fact, in Ireland the average distanced travelled in a day is a mere 50 km. Even for motorway driving, the electric SUV offers decent practicality.

The EV is capable of DC charging up to 50 kW, which is a lower charging speed compared to alternative e-SUVs at a similar price (100 kW DC plus is fast becoming the norm!). Having said that, 50 kW DC capability is still fast and the EV battery can be charged 10% to 80% in 53 minutes. Perfect time for a meal break and rest before continuing with the journey.

The Lexus electric SUV has a 6.6 kW AC (single-phase) onboard charger. Though many EVs now offer a 3-phase onboard charger (11 kW), a single-phase onboard charger is still adequate, given that most homes in Ireland are powered by single-phase power supply. For home charging via a dedicated single-phase EV charger, the EV can be fully charged in just over 8 hours. we at e-zoomed discourage the use of a 3-PIN domestic plug for charging an electric car. Also, given the increase in electricity prices, we recommend charging at home, overnight, when the tariff prices are cheaper.

The compact body is certainly advantageous for urban driving, in particular, given the excellent turning radius of 5.2m. However, the aggressive rear sloping roofline reduces the headroom available for the rear seats. The EV offers a decent boot space up to 486 L. The Lexus EV has a high quality interior, as one would expect from Lexus.

The electric SUV incorporates the Lexus Safety System +, reversing camera, intelligent parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The higher trims include wireless smartphone charger, smart keyless entry, sunroof, head-up-display (HUD), heating seats and heated steering wheel.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Lexus UX 300e is decent, despite the additional weight of the EV battery. The Lexus EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds (max power: 204 hp/ 300 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 160 km/h.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Lexus high quality interior and specificationsCheaper electric SUV alternatives available
Striking exterior styling and good build qualityElectric range not as good as alternatives. DC charging limited to 50 kW and onboard charger limited to 6.6 kW AC
Easy to drive and park in congested urban environmentsLimited headroom for rear seat passengers


The All-Electric Lexus UX 300e SUV (credit: Lexus)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
UX 300e (from € 57,805)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 54.3 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 53 mins). Onboard charger 6.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 8 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state-of-charge

Height (mm):1545
Width (mm):1840
Length (mm):4495
Wheelbase (mm):2640
Turning Circle (m):5.2
Boot Space (L):486

UX 300e
EV Battery Capacity:54.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):315 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.1
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 53 mins). Onboard charger 6.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 8 hrs)
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):204
Torque (Nm):300
Kerb Weight (kg):1,785 – 1,840
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Types Of Electric Vehicles

Type Of Electric Vehicle (EV) Description
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs)Mild hybrids use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor. These cars are also known as ‘self-charging hybrids’. The vehicle uses regenerative braking (recuperated electric energy) to improve the fuel efficiency and to reduce tailpipe emissions (CO2 g/km). However, mild hybrids cannot be charged by an external power source (i.e. EV charger). The recuperated electric energy is also used to boost the the combustion engine enhancing acceleration. Automotive manufactures (OEMs) like Toyota are one of the pioneers in developing and introducing mild hybrid vehicles. The ubiquitous Toyota Prius mild hybrid is an excellent example. Toyota also helped popularise the use of mild hybrids in the premium segment via its wholly owned Lexus brand.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) aim to achieve the same objectives like a MHEV i.e. increase fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. However there is much difference between a PHEV and a MHEV. The PHEV has a larger electric motor and onboard EV battery that is used to assist the internal combustion engine (ICE), but also to propel the vehicle. In a MHEV, the small onboard electric motor does not propel the vehicle. PHEVs come in varied EV battery sizes, but in general, most PHEVs have an EV battery size below 20 kWh. A plug-in electric car is capable of up to 50 km on electric mode. However, some PHEVs are capable of a longer pure electric range. The Volvo XC60 PHEV is a good example of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Moreover, a PHEV EV battery is charged by using an external power source to include, a domestic 3-PIN plug or a dedicated EV charger.
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)A battery-electric vehicle is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. The EV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise) and do not have a tailpipe! The pure electric vehicles have a much larger onboard EV battery compared to a PHEV. The EV battery on a BEV can be as large as 120 kWh, though an average is 60 kWh. In any case, most BEVs have an EV battery larger than 30 kWh. BEVs also use regenerative braking to improve the vehicle efficiency and electric range. However, the main source for the EV range is the EV battery, which can only be charged using an external power source, like an EV charger. BEVs can vary in electric range. However the more recent BEVs have a range between 300 to 500 km (WLTP) on a single charge. As an example, the all-electric VW ID.3 has a range up to 540 km.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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