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Lexus Hybrid Drive (LHD) - Intelligently combining advanced electric motor with a powerful gasoline engine to deliver the perfectly balanced drive.
Lexus hybrid cars provide exhilarating performance as well as reduced emissions and superior fuel economy. Compromising on performance simply isn’t the Lexus way.


Greater Dynamic Driving Experience

The combination of Lexus Hybrid Drive (LHD) and Electronic Continuous Variable Transmission (ECVT) provides two sensational acceleration experiences for the driver with “Normal mode” and “Sport mode”.
ECVT blends the ideal mix of engine and electric power - according to driving conditions - to create a smooth and seamless acceleration in Normal mode.
For a more dynamic driving experience in Sport mode, gasoline engine speed is increased more rapidly during acceleration.

GS 450h vs. Competitor

Smoother Acceleration Feeling

Accelerating to full-throttle from a 60km/h cruising speed, the new ECVT-equipped GS450h accelerated swiftly, seamlessly and smoothly.
In comparison, Competitor 1 - a single-motor hybrid vehicle with 7-speed AT w/o torque converter - not only took 2.6 seconds to downshift from fifth to second gear, but also experienced “shift shock”.


Fuel Efficiency

Unlike gasoline-only engines, a Lexus hybrid doesn't idle when standing still, so it uses no fuel. As the hybrid slows-down, the gasoline engine is cut until it is needed again at higher speeds and when decelerating or breaking, Lexus Hybrid Drive turns that friction into energy that is stored in the battery for later use.

Hyvrid Vs. Non-Hybrid


Lexus emissions are low, and we continue looking for new ways to achieve our goal of zero emissions.
Lexus Zero Emissions goes beyond the road, we carry this concept over all areas of our business. 360° of it.
The power of h means no compromises. Every addition for efficiency offers performance benefits.

EV Mode Vs. Normal Mode


Lexus Hybrid Drive also helps fight noise pollution. With the car running exclusively on the electric motor - or ‘EV’ mode, night driving doesn't have to wake the neighbors.




The electric motor in Lexus Hybrid Drive provides most of its torque at low speeds while the petrol engine offers plenty of power at medium and higher speeds. In combination, the two will provide surprisingly responsive performance the moment you touch the throttle, just like turbo power.
Vehicles powered by Lexus Hybrid Drive are very reliable. Independent tests show our Lexus Hybrid Drive to be as reliable as our petrol powered vehicles. Reliability is helped by the durability of components in the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. For instance, the V6 or V8 petrol engines are usually running in optimum conditions, meaning a long engine life.
This depends on various factors, including the temperature of the hybrid system (if it's cold the engine will usually start to warm lubricant and cooling systems), battery charge level, general driving conditions and vehicle load. Under gentle acceleration with a well-charged battery, Lexus Hybrid Drive vehicles are capable of achieving approximately 40 km/h using only the electric motor or motors.
Due to the seamlessly smooth operation of Lexus Hybrid Drive, you will usually not notice the switch between electric and petrol power. However, on the power flow monitor on your dashboard you'll see that at start-up and at lower speeds usually only the electric motor(s) powers the vehicle.
As speed increases, the Power Control Unit (PCU) will call on the petrol engine to provide additional power. At cruising speeds, the electric motor or motors will often be working as generators. And the PCU will call on additional electric power when you wish to accelerate hard.
Driving a car fitted with Lexus Hybrid Drive is a unique experience.
Put your foot down hard and the Power Control Unit manages the combined resources of the V6 or V8 petrol engine and the electric motor(s) to give seamless and incredibly fast linear acceleration. At other times - when you're braking for example - the battery is charged, making use of kinetic energy that in other cars is wasted as heat.
As you coast or descend a hill, the system may see an opportunity to save petrol by switching off the engine. At the same time, it may also decide the time is right to convert kinetic energy into electric energy, which can be stored in the battery and used later to power the electric motor.
At low speeds - in city traffic, for example - power may come solely from the electric motor. It's near silent and free of all emissions - not just CO2 but also NOx and particulates. And that means cleaner air for all to breathe.
All this takes places so seamlessly that you'll probably never even notice when the petrol engine starts or stops.
We see hybrid technology remaining at the core of our long term drivetrain development program as we strive to develop the ultimate zero emissions performance car.
Our goal is to take hybrid technology to the next phase of its evolutionary progress, whether it is with a petrol, diesel or fuel cell powerplant. One example is our Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) that was released on a limited distribution basis in Japan 2002. This next generation hybrid employs a fuel cell in which electricity is produced by allowing hydrogen and oxygen to react chemically.
Here the fuel cell replaces the petrol engine in the hybrid system, meaning the only emission is water vapour.
Lexus Hybrid Drive is a key technology, offering great potential and will be used far into the future.
Lexus was the first marque to introduce hybrid technology to the luxury car in 2004 with the launch of the RX luxury hybrid SUV. Since then, we have continued to refine our hybrid technology through multiple model generations, and cars with Lexus Hybrid Drive have covered millions of miles in real-life driving conditions. Our technology is proven, reliable, intelligent and sophisticated. Lexus Hybrid Drive has been developed solely by Lexus for use in luxury vehicles, based on advanced technology used in nearly one million hybrid units. And now we offer a complete range of the world's most powerful hybrid luxury cars delivering a combination of high performance, quiet running, fuel economy and lower emissions that cannot be matched.
All Lexus Hybrid Drive models are specified with a seamlessly smooth Hybrid Transmission, rather than a conventional automatic gearbox and feature the world's most advanced Power Control Unit.
The RX350 is specified with permanent four-wheel drive, while the RX Hybrid has the innovative E-FOUR system using a front and rear electric motor.
The LS460L is rear-wheel drive, while a new permanent all-wheel drives system harnesses and delivers the massive power and torque of the LS Hybrid.
As our Lexus Hybrid Drive vehicles are the top models in their respective ranges, they also enjoy higher equipment levels.

The battery is designed to last for the lifetime of the vehicle. There should be no extra maintenance beyond normal procedure. The battery should never need to be charged from an external source, as it gets recharged during regenerative braking or even by the gasoline engine when necessary.
No. All Hybrid vehicles never need to be plugged into main power. This is because our Lexus Hybrid Drive technology automatically recharges the car's advanced compact battery, either through regenerative braking or by generating electricity while you're coasting or cruising.
Lexus engineers have spent enormous effort to ensure our hybrid vehicles meet or exceed government stringent standards, as do all our Lexus vehicles.
While Lexus Hybrid Drive will operate on battery power alone at low speeds, the system intelligently keeps the battery topped up to a certain minimum level. The actual distance you can travel purely on battery power depends on a variety of factors, including road conditions, the level of battery charge and vehicle load.