Great looks, high autonomy, drone support and a transparent roof are all in the concept from a Toyota subsidiary.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus showcased the LF-30 Electrified Concept, showing how it envisions electric vehicles by 2030. The impressive car features a wedge-shaped four-seat body, a transparent roof and large doors that give access to the entire cabin at once, which is made using wood and recycled materials.
Like many other concepts, the LF-30 Electrified has a folding steering wheel and a lot of screens on the front panel. He is able to travel independently. Impressive autonomy is declared - 500 km on a single charge. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 200 km/h. To charge the 110 kWh battery, a wireless charger is located under the rear bumper.
The developers used wheels with built-in engines (with a total power of 400 kW or 536 hp), which freed up additional space and made the interior more spacious. In addition, this approach allows the on-board computer to control each wheel individually, which has a positive effect on driving dynamics. It also uses "by-wire" control technology, which means there is no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and transmission. The car supports the technology of using drones for tasks like carrying luggage, for example, from home to the trunk.
But the most notable feature of the car, of course, is the transparent roof, which received the romantic name SkyGate (“Heaven's Gate”). It is able to change the transparency and act as a projection screen, on which you can display a variety of information, from navigation maps to videos. It will be possible to interact with SkyGate through gestures or by giving voice commands. It is difficult to say how convenient this solution will be in use, but everything looks very impressive.
Naturally, the LF-30 Electrified is nothing more than a show car that will never go into mass production. But it shows how Lexus sees the future of its electric vehicles. By the way, the company promises to demonstrate its very first fully electric model in November. What it will be is still unknown, but it is clearly simpler than the LF-30 Electrified. And by the beginning of the next decade, the manufacturer promises to introduce a separate platform for electric vehicles.