New Lexus NX, Gridserve acquires Electric Highway, New CCT published

First pictures: New Lexus NX

Lexus has revealed the new NX, its mid-sized SUV that will for the first time be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain when the new car arrives in the UK in the final quarter of 2021.

The PHEV will be Lexus’s first plug-in hybrid, and comes with the all-new version of the car that has been the brand’s biggest-seller for the past six years, with over 27,000 cumulative sales.

The new model is 20mm longer, 20mm wider and 5mm taller than its predecessor, with rear seat passengers claimed to be particularly benefitting from the increased space.

The plug-in hybrid NX is described as the halo of the range, boasting a 302hp powertrain and an official battery-only range of 40 miles, subject to final confirmation nearer to launch. There will also be a regular hybrid NX with 239hp, 22% up on the outgoing car’s 197hp, while Lexus also claimed that CO2 emissions drop by around 10% on the current model’s figure of 137g/km.

According to Lexus, the driving experience and handling are improved, while the car also features a new multimedia system and improved levels of safety equipment.

Pricing and specification details will be confirmed nearer to launch.

Gridserve acquires Electric Highway

Gridserve has acquired the Electric Highway network of public charging points on main UK roads from Ecotricity in a deal that should accelerate improvements to the much-criticised network of predominantly motorway charging stations.

Gridserve, which is also in the process of building a network of localised charging hubs such as the one opened in Braintree late last year, took a stake in the Electric Highway earlier this year as part of a development plan to upgrade a network that was in need of attention after underinvestment had led to much criticism from consumers over the reliability of motorway charging points. A number of upgrades have already taken place in recent weeks, and Gridserve has pledged to replace all existing chargers with new technology that features contactless payment. The first site at the Moto service station in Rugby, opened in April with 12 350kW charging points.

Toddington Harper - CEO - Gridserve - Inset Image“It’s a real honour for Gridserve to have been chosen by Ecotricity as the organisation to take the Electric Highway forward in its next phase,” said Gridserve chief executive Toddington Harper. “Our purpose is to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change, and the upgraded network will provide the confidence for millions more people to make the successful transition to electric vehicles in the earliest possible timeframes.”

New issue of Company Car Today available now

The June issue of Company Car Today hit desks last week, and the digital version is available by going to www.companycartoday.co.uk and clicking on the Latest Issue tab.

Company Car Today June 2021The new magazine has the DS 9 on the cover, as the French brand launches its latest phase of becoming an established brand in the UK, while we also speak to DS’s UK boss Jules Tilstone for our Coffee With interview. The six-page Big Test subject is the MG 5 – the UK’s first EV estate, and test drive reviews also cover the hybrid Ford Kuga, Cupra Formentor, Fiat 500e, Peugeot 508 PSE and Range Rover Evoque in 165hp diesel form.

In Green Company Car we look at non-exhaust emissions and how fleets should address the issue, as well as the rise in UK EV charging hub plans, a Green Focus on Lexus and a guest opinion from UK Power Networks.

Plus, BCA and other industry experts discuss whether crossovers are still on the rise from a used market perspective, and we look at the rise in drivers’ ability to spec additional kit over-the-air, and whether fleets should be concerned about it.

 

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