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.
THE POWER OF PERFORMANCE
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.
THE POWER OF PERFORMANCE
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”.
THE POWER OF FUEL - EFFICIENT
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.
THE POWER OF CLEAN
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.
THE POWER OF QUIETNESS
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 POWERFULL HYBRID RANGE
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.
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.
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.
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.