Tesla received an astonishing 276,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 within three days of its unveiling but that hasn't stopped Lexus International President Yoshihiro Sawa from saying “not many people will accept” electric vehicles with current battery technology.
Sawa reportedly made the surprising declaration while talking to The Detroit Bureau but stated the company is indeed working on electric vehicle technology. However, he mitigated that remark by saying “We’ll introduce that kind of vehicle at a suitable time.”
The company's reluctance to embrace electric vehicles is somewhat surprising as the automaker offers hybrid versions of the CT, ES, GS, NX, RX, and LC. The company will also offer a hybrid version of the new LS and has previously offered hybrid-only models such as the HS.
Lexus don't seem concerned with the lack of electric vehicles and reportedly believes being late to the game won't really matter if their vehicle arrives with breakthrough technology.
In related news, the report says officials were open to adding a handful of new crossovers to the lineup. They wouldn't go into specifics but the publication says the company could offer a new entry-level crossover to slot beneath the NX as well as a large crossover to be sold alongside the off-road focused LX.