I thought I'd pop on here after watching this British review of the Lexus UX 300e, the first Lexus EV. Since you're all Toyota people, I thought you might be interested. It's weird. This is a new car, but it looks to be exceptionally bad as an EV. The range is pitiful (less than 200 miles WLTP, so possibly less than 120 miles on a cold day). That's fine for a city car like a Fiat 500, but not for a small luxury SUV. Charging is CHAdeMO, which almost no-one uses any more, at least in Europe, China and Australia (I don't know what's going on in the US or Japan). Charging is extraordinarily slow: 75+ minutes for 10-80% (which is only going to add about 100 miles of range). And it's expensive: more in the UK than the similarly-sized Mercedes EQA, which is the same sort of size and a similarly-premium brand (and, like the UX, an ICE car adapted to an EV, with the compromises that entails) but with better equipment and range; and about on a par with the bigger and purpose-built Audi Q4 e-tron. And there's no built-in satnav, so no built-in guide to the chargers that you'll have to find every couple of hours. It seems a good 5-10 years - maybe more - behind the competition. It's not like Toyota doesn't have money or technology, so it seems remarkable that they'd manage to build something so abysmal. I can't imagine anyone buying one: it just does not make sense as a value proposition in any way. But the comments underneath the video were intriguing. There was lots of speculation that this car is deliberately bad: people saying that Toyota has lobbied the US government against BEVs, and that it's still committed to hydrogen fuel-cell technology and may want to undermine the viability of BEVs. They're saying that perhaps Toyota wanted to build a bad EV to show that EVs are unviable. I can understand why they're saying this, because I find it hard to believe that Toyota could accidentally make something this bad. But I don't know much about Toyota's position on BEVs, and I find it hard to believe that they could think that their making a bad EV would somehow undermine the progress being made by Hyundai-Kia, Stellantis, VW, Ford and others. So I am interested in what the thinking behind this might have been. Do any of you have any thoughts? What do you think might be going on here?