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Lexus launches one million kilometre warranty!

The Lexus UX 300e isn't going to be sold in Australia - but the warranty plan is expected to carry over to other Lexus EVs.

Lexus has announced a ten-year/1,000,000km warranty plan for the battery pack in its new UX 300e electric compact SUV.

The Lexus UX 300e is the first full-electric model in the Japanese luxury brand’s range, despite more than 15 years of experience with hybrid electrification technology.

The new UX 300e – which won’t be sold in Australia – is powered by a new 54.3kWh battery pack, with a claimed 400km of driving range on the NEDC consumption cycle (or "over 300km" against the WLTP test cycle, which is widely regarded as being more "real-world" achievable).

Lexus says it will offer a 10-year warranty (or 1 million kilometres) "on all functional defects of the BEV main battery and capacity degradation below 70 per cent, provided that the owner respects the regular health checks foreseen in the maintenance program".

The UX 300e is front-wheel drive, and the powertrain is said to produce 150kW, meaning a claimed 0-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds, and a governed top speed of 160km/h.

The UX 300e will be on sale in Europe by the end of 2020, and is already available in China.

The UX 300e will be on sale in Europe by the end of 2020, and is already available in China. The UX 300e will be on sale in Europe by the end of 2020, and is already available in China.

While Lexus Australia CEO Scott Thompson told CarsGuide at the Tokyo motor show in 2019 that the brand is keen to expand its electrified range, the first full-electric model from the brand could be a ways off.

"The current demand for UX is something like 60 per cent hybrid, 40 per cent petrol - so we got that one wrong," said Mr Thompson in late October, 2019. "We're hitting that tipping point. I think we're moving towards a higher demand for hybrid vehicles based on the performance and what we're delivering to consumers.

"Once there's consumer demand and acceptance there's a market there for it," he said of electric car adoption in Australia. "It's a big part of our game, and we'll be rallying the troops to get whatever vehicles are available globally into our market."

The Lexus warranty easily outguns the likes of the Tesla battery warranty, which varies depending on the model: Model S and Model X - eight years/240,000km; Model 3 Standard or Standard Range Plus - eight years/160,000km; Model 3 Long Range or Performance - eight years/192,000km.