Lexus Electric Vehicle Frequently Asked Questions


Electric Vehicle FAQs

1) I know EV means “Electric Vehicle”, but what do PHEV, HEV, BEV, ZEV and ICE mean?

PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. PHEVs suit those transitioning from traditional gas and diesel cars but not fully ready for an electric vehicle. HEV stands for Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Hybrids include both a gas engine and a battery but don’t need plugging in for charging. HEV drivers often hear the gas engine running, with the battery replenishing through regenerative braking. BEV stands for Battery Electric Vehicle. BEVs rely solely on battery power and operate as 100% electric vehicles. ZEV stands for Zero Emission Vehicle. Any vehicle emitting no harmful pollutants from its exhaust pipe is considered a ZEV. BEVs exemplify ZEVs by operating entirely without emissions. ICE stands for Internal Combustion Engine. These are conventional gas-powered vehicles.

2) Are Lexus electric vehicles more expensive than gas engine vehicles?

Despite potentially higher upfront costs, EVs often offer long-term savings on maintenance and fuel, including no need for oil changes and significant fuel cost reductions. For example, EVs eliminate the need for routine oil changes, and studies suggest potential annual fuel savings of up to 60%*.

3) How far can Lexus electric cars go?

EV models offer excellent mileage. Here are some estimates:**

4) How long does it take to charge an electric Lexus vehicle?

Charging an EV offers various options. Level 3 fast-charging typically takes 30-60 minutes, while standard home charging (Level 1) spans from 8 to 20 hours.***


5) Where can Lexus electric cars be charged?

Charge your EV conveniently at home with an installed charging station for overnight convenience. Public charging stations are rapidly increasing at shopping centers, highways, workplaces, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and more. Utilize tools like chargefinder.com to locate nearby stations.

6) Can EV batteries be recycled?

Once your electric vehicle’s battery components reach the end of their lifespan (which likely won’t happen for at least 10 years), recycling is indeed possible. While not every part of the battery is recyclable, new processes aim to achieve up to 90% EV battery recycling, minimizing environmental impact.

7) Can electric models tow?

Lexus currently does not offer an EV model that can tow, but innovations are constantly being made toward performance.

8) Are there government incentives for electric car buyers?

Government policies are constantly evolving, so contact our sales reps for the latest information or explore resources on the
IRS website.

9) Which Lexus models are available in electric?

EVs are rapidly evolving, with new models and features. To find our latest selection of electric vehicles, explore our EV inventory or
contact us for more information.

* https://advocacy.consumerreports.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/EV-Ownership-Cost-Final-Report-1.pdf
** Vehicle stats listed are based on OEM specs for the 2024 model year and can vary based on trim, driving habits, available upgrades, and other conditions.
*** Charging times may vary depending on factors such as model, battery size, current change, and other conditions.