HOW HYBRIDS WORK
Power and Responsibility
At Lexus, we believe that power and efficiency can co-exist without compromise. That unrivaled driving joy goes hand-in-hand with environmental and social responsibility. As proof, we developed our advanced and sophisticated Hybrid powertrain - Lexus Hybrid Drive.
Starting From Stop
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Electrics are ready when you are, without ever needing to plug-in to recharge - simply press the power button and go. During initial take-off, the high-output battery and electric motor provide all the power you need - enhancing fuel efficiency while lowering CO2 emissions.
At cruising speeds, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) sends power to the drive wheels and an electric generator. Excess energy is used to help re-charge the hybrid battery, while the ideal combination of gas and electric power helps you get more out of every fill-up.
* Disclaimer: This is dependent on many operating conditions.
At A Stop
When you come to a stop, the gas engine may switch off, saving fuel and minimizing emissions*. If the hybrid battery is running low, the gas engine knows to start, generating the energy required to charge the battery. Press the accelerator, and the virtuous cycle begins anew.
* Disclaimer: The gas engine does not automatically switch off in all cases. It is dependent on many operating conditions.
LEXUS SELF-CHARGING MULTI-STAGE HYBRID ELECTRIC
A WORLD’S FIRST, LEXUS’ SELF-CHARGING MULTI-STAGE HYBRID ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY TAKES THE HYBRID EXPERIENCE TO AN EXHILARATING NEW LEVEL - CARRYING YOU FROM 0-100 KM/H IN 4.7 SECONDS OF PURE EXHILARATION.
That’s just the start. A finely tuned 4-speed gearbox, added to the existing eCVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission), creates a hybrid electric system that simulates a 10-speed transmission - the fiercely connected feel of selecting gears yourself using steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Available now on the Lexus LS 500h and LC 500h, the Self-Charging Multi-Stage Hybrid Electric is our latest innovation, and a taste of the dynamic innovations that are just down the road.
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