A manual-transmission electric vehicle (EV) from Lexus has started testing. A video of an electric Lexus being driven with manual gear changes was put online by the firm.
The company’s first all-electric car, the UX 300e, served as the basis for the research prototype. It was modified to include an RPM metre, a manual gear lever, and a clutch pedal. The test car’s performance mapping and gearing were modified to mimic a manual gearbox.
Lexus is developing a manual transmission for electric cars, and here's a first look at a working prototype. Is this the future of the driver's car? https://t.co/sUIaspEpeO pic.twitter.com/aaTUBz6qGg
— evo magazine (@evomagazine) December 5, 2022
The fact that the gearbox is not entirely authentic ought to be mentioned. The quiet UX 300e prototype, according to a report, can only mimic manual gear changes. This makes the experience more realistic by include manual transmission risks like stalling and loading up on a slope.
According to Lexus, its software-based technology can mimic the driving characteristics of competing automobiles. Drivers will be able to select from a variety of performance levels, according to the manufacturer of the electric motor.
Takashi Watanabe, head engineer of Lexus Electrified, clarified this function as follows:
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. 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.
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