This is the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, created by the Japanese car manufacturer as a vision for an upcoming generation of electrified vehicles. It will premiere at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Immediately distinguishing the LF-30 Electrified Concept from most other EVs, whether they are production models or concepts, is the fact that it features in-wheel electric motors at all four corners to deliver a combined 536 hp. The use of in-wheel electric motors provides superb handling characteristics aided by Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology that regulates the driver-power output from the high-power electric motors. The car can also be driven in front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive modes depending on the driving conditions.
The Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept imagines a world where chunky charging cables are no longer required for EVs as it features advanced wireless charging technology. Another technology found is an advanced autonomous driving system that includes a self-parking function and a front-door pickup function similar to Tesla’s Summon system.
Because the concept features small in-wheel electric motors, designers have a great deal of freedom with the car’s overall shape. As such, there is a glass canopy that stretches from over the front wheels all the way back to the rear decklid. Lexus has also altered the look of its spindle grille while fashioning a set of large wheel arches.
Move to the inside and things get even more impressive. The driver and front passenger sit in futuristic-looking seats designed to mimic the openness of a first-class seat on an airliner. These seats also include artificial muscle technology to mold to the occupant. An audio system from Mark Levinson is also featured.