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Lexus' first EV offers solid luxury and some clever features, but its range could be the worst in the segment.
"When it's time to slow your roll, the braking is as natural as organic quinoa because, oddly enough, there's no transition from regenerative to friction braking. When you hit the pedal, there's no increase in regenerative braking because the vehicle just uses its friction brakes. "
Figuratively, yes. Literally, no.
"we were surprised to learn how the RZ's regenerative braking system works. (For those unfamiliar, regenerative braking uses the motors as generators, recharging the battery via energy captured while motor resistance slows the car. Many EVs have strong enough regen that one rarely need to use the friction brakes.) The RZ will have four levels of regenerative braking controlled by paddles on the steering column, a setup we've used in EVs from Hyundai and Kia and have come to like. Regen will happen when the driver lifts off the accelerator. However, unlike most other EVs (not to mention Toyota and Lexus hybrids), the brake pedal does not
blend regen and friction braking—the RZ has a completely conventional hydraulic-only braking system. "
A first test drive of the upcoming 2023 Lexus RZ 450e electric vehicle prototype gives us a rough idea of what the production version will be all about.
"There will not be an option for one-pedal driving and it’s not a blended braking system. The friction brake is just that; there’s no added regenerative braking force when the brake pedal is depressed. "
We drive the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e prototype to get an early glimpse of Lexus' take on emissions-free driving.
"pressing the brake pedal always summoned the hydraulic braking system. This is an important distinction because, in many electric cars, hitting the brakes increases the level of regeneration instead of pushing the pads (up to a certain point, at least)."