Lexus LF-ZC Concept to Bring Innovative Battery Technology and Impressive Range in 2026
Toyota's Approach to EV Range: Chemistry Over Size
Executives and engineers were unequivocal about Toyota’s strategy, emphasizing that the automaker won’t follow the trend of massive kilowatt-hour battery packs for extended range. Instead, the LF-ZC’s impressive range is attributed to chemistry, with an estimated 80-kilowatt-hour battery, far smaller than some competitors’ gigantic battery packs.
Lexus International President Takashi Watanabe explained that the focus isn’t solely on whether 1,000 kilometers of range is necessary but rather what becomes possible with this range. Larger batteries, while increasing range, also introduce weight and cost challenges. Toyota’s approach prioritizes efficiency and sustainability by avoiding excessive battery size.