Lexus now sells nine models of electrified vehicles around the world, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and BEVs in approximately 90 countries and regions.
Since 2005, Lexus electrified vehicles have contributed to a cumulative global reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 19 million tonnes. This reduction is equivalent to the combined CO2 output of approximately 300,000 passenger cars each year for the past 15 years.
Globally and in Australia, 33 per cent of Lexus models sold were of the electrified variety during 2020. In Australia this has increased to 38.5 per cent between January 2021 and April 2021.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said this major milestone for Lexus reflects a commitment to producing luxury vehicles that both reduce emissions and increase driving enjoyment.
"Lexus pursued electrified technologies at the right time and on a significant scale, reinforcing our commitment to CO2 emissions reduction in luxury segments," Mr Thompson said.
"We thank our loyal customers and look forward to welcoming them to next-generation Lexus Electrified products that draw on an unrivalled level of battery and electric motor expertise to create a totally new driving experience."
Lexus Australia will introduce the first Lexus BEV, the luxury compact UX 300e, in November this year. Read more here.
The UX 300e will commence a next generation of electrified vehicles that leverage electrification technologies such as motors, inverters and batteries that Lexus has cultivated in the field of HEVs.
A new feeling of driving pleasure for Lexus customers will be further reinforced through the application of DIRECT4 and steer-by-wire systems in yet-to-be-revealed future Lexus electrified production models.
DIRECT4, the Lexus all-wheel-drive torque distribution technology, combines highly-precise drive force control with responsive steer-by-wire systems that greatly enhance vehicle reflexes - resulting in a high level of dynamic performance and an experience that appeals to all five senses and is unmatched by conventional cars.
Cumulative sales of electric vehicles from 2005 to the end of April 2021
Global: 2.02 million units
US: 540,000 units
Europe: 480,000 units
Japan: 401,000 units
China: 387,000 units
East Asia: 138,000 units (including Australia: 31,526 units)
Others: 74,000 units
RX: 518,000 units
ES: 384,000 units
CT: 372,000 units
NX: 285,000 units
UX 250h/UX 300e: 137,000 units
IS/LS/LC and others: 324,000 units