Lexus testing manual EVs – fun EV for enthusiasts?

Lexus testing manual EVs – fun EV for enthusiasts?

Lexus has revealed that testing is underway for an EV to be driven by a manual gearbox. The company has since released a video showing an electric Lexus being driven with a manual transmission.

The research prototype is based on the UX 300e – the company’s first fully-electric vehicle – which has been modified and fitted with a RPM meter, manual gear lever and clutch pedal. Also tweaked was the UX 300e’s performance mapping and gearing to reproduce the sensations of a manual transmission.

The UX 300e prototype may be silent on the outside but it is capable of delivering all the sensations of a manual transmission. This includes all the perils associated with manual transmissions such as stalling and applying heavier loads when setting off on a slope – talk about being realistic!

As the system is software-based, Lexus claimed that it has been able to reproduce the driving experience of other vehicles. The company claimed that the various performance mapping of the electric motors will allow drivers to choose from different levels of performance.

“The project started when several Lexus engineers began reflecting on what they liked in traditional ICE vehicles and what they’ve had to miss out on in electric cars. The manual transmission was one thing they enjoyed in particular,” said Takashi Watanabe, chief engineer of Lexus Electrified.

Lexus testing manual EVs – fun EV for enthusiasts?

“There is nothing more engaging for a passionate driver than to be able to shift gears manually for the right amount of torque at any time. It has delivered so much fun that this project is now under serious development. It might even be featured in our future BEVs (battery-electric vehicle),” he added.

One of the ‘future BEVs’ referred to is undoubtedly the production version of the Lexus Electrified Sport concept which was revealed earlier this year. On when a production version of it will be launched, the chief engineer said that while it can’t be revealed, he confirmed that the company is indeed working on one and reassured that the Electrified Sport concept isn’t merely a design concept.

GALLERY: Lexus Electrified Sport concept

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  • If AT is boring, 1 speed EV is more boring, low spec transmission.

    What make worse is even missing reverse stick. Parking also can loose the mechanical connection.

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  • kosumaledoko on Dec 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Oh YEAH!! Though must be expensive… Hope one day there will be affordable EV with manual gearbox, gear stick, and clutch pedal. The engine won’t stall as it’s electric motor. If you’re lazy in traffic jam, just put into 2nd gear for the stop and go job.

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  • Matchy on Dec 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Fake manual…

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  • manual is the best on Dec 16, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    If still have enthusiasm of manual car, can buy axia 1.0 mt rm23k. Upgrade accessories as hobby.

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    • kosumaledoko on Dec 18, 2022 at 11:05 am

      One of the biggest turn off of modern manual car, especially those economical car, is the throttle lag from drive by wire system. Try heel and toe on any Proton with CAMPRO engine onward, you just can’t time it precisely. Even Suzuki Swift Sport ZC31S also have same issue from factory! Luckily SSS ECU can be flash and throttle lag begone!!

      Gotta go back to throttle cable for the direct feel, or get a car with flash-able ECU.

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  • davenport on Dec 16, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Dumbest thing I’ve heard all week. So they are going to emulate the torque curves of a ICE on an EV motor?

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