The Lexus RZ Electric crossovers launched in Australia in mid-2023 will use energy-efficient radiant heating, via two panels near the front occupants.
Compared with traditional convection heating, which warms the surrounding air, the radiation system’s infrared panels are more targeted and directly warm the legs of the driver and front passenger.
The radiant panels are located near the lower part of the device and the steering column.
Compared to the standard climate control system, energy consumption is reduced by about 8.0%, improving driving range in winter. The system also heats up faster.
According to Lexus, occupants in the front row have a pleasant feeling, “like having a warm blanket wrapped around their legs”.
The panels automatically reduce heat to 43 degrees if you come into contact with them.
Radiant heating complements the usual climate control functions and comes with seat and steering wheel heaters.
The various heaters are integrated into the Lexus Climate Concierge display menu on the vehicle.
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