While we already know that Lexus will be introducing a new pure electric concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this week, it appears that the automaker, together with Toyota, will be offering three pure electric vehicles within the next two years.

According to Autocar, the move is apparently confirmed, although no specifics were given regarding the models other than the futuristic concept which Lexus will be unveiling in the next few days.

As a company, Toyota is no stranger to using electricity as a means of propulsion. In fact, it pioneered hybrid technology by introducing the Prius in 1997, giving it a head start in this zero emissions revolution, so to speak. However, Toyota has been slow to hop onto the EV bandwagon, but is slowly offering more plug-in hybrids models.

Speaking at the launch of the updated Lexus RX, deputy chief engineer Naohisa Hatta said: “If you look at a hybrid, it’s [made up of] a battery, engine, motor and PCU. If you increase the battery part, then it becomes a PHEV. If you take ICE out, it becomes pure EV.”

“We already have the technology. We’re waiting for the right time. It has to make business sense. It has to make profit. If you look at the facts of what’s happening in the market now; for example, PHEV technology is reflected in the price [of cars]. If we are going to have an EV in the line-up it has to be affordable to normal users.”

When asked between the difference of Toyota and Lexus’ hybrid systems and PHEVs, a spokesperson said: “Today, the most efficient route is the hybrid drivetrain in real-world situations.” According to statistics (presumably data derived solely from the UK market), PHEVs often run on petrol alone. The spokesman also cited the RX achieving 5.47 litres per 100 km versus a PHEV rival with 7.35 litres per 100 km.