Lexus will pursue in-wheel electric motors for future electric cars

Lexus and parent automaker Toyota haven’t exactly jumped aboard the battery-electric bandwagon yet. However, that’s scheduled to change next decade. Digital Trends reported last Thursday that the brand plans to electrify its entire lineup by 2025. While “electrify” is a loose term that covers anything from mild-hybrid systems to full-blown battery-electric powertrains, Lexus vice president Koji Sato shared the luxury brand will soon develop a dedicated electric car platform and wants to pursue the development of in-wheel electric motors. He admitted the technology is just a concept and it will take years to realize, but Lexus will continue to develop the technology. Sato added Lexus’ definition of “electrified” also includes fuel cells, which Toyota has pushed around the globe. The Mirai remains on sale in California where hydrogen refueling infrastructure is more common. The automaker also revealed its Project Portal fuel cell semi truck as a new zero-emissions way for freight transport. As for Lexus, we’ve heard whispers of a hydrogen fuel cell model or concept that could debut ahead of the 2020 Olympics, which are set to take pl...

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