High performance and fuel efficiency are just two of the advantages offered by a dual-source powertrain.
It’s an advantage you’ll feel in an instant. With a firm press of the accelerator, the powerful electric motors combine with the gas engine to deliver immediate torque and seamless acceleration off the line. When starting from a stop under normal conditions, only the electric drive is used for light acceleration, resulting in a gentle, silent takeoff* and enhanced efficiency.
Exceptional MPG estimates are yet another benefit of Lexus Hybrid Drive. Unlike conventional vehicles, which are optimized primarily for cruising, Lexus hybrids offer impressive fuel efficiency in all driving conditions. Whether in city traffic or on the highway, the system optimizes output from the electric motor and gasoline engine, allocating power to the drive wheels as well as to an electric generator. As a result, you won’t just enjoy a smoother and quieter ride, you’ll enjoy it over many more miles on a single tank of gas.
Welcome to power to the power of two. During initial takeoff from a stop, the high-output battery alone provides power to the electric drive. As speed increases, the potent gas engine is engaged. And, when extra acceleration is desired, power output from both sources is optimized to deliver an even greater boost. Working in tandem with the Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission, the result is powerful acceleration without the jarring shift points experienced in a conventional vehicle.
Instantaneous response and exceptional efficiency are only two of the benefits of the electric power source under the hood. It also charges itself. During braking, the Lexus Hybrid Drive system suspends its delivery of drive power and begins generating electricity. Thanks to this highly effective regenerative braking system, kinetic energy usually lost during braking is instead converted to electricity and sent back to the battery.
Unlike traditional gasoline engines, which must idle and consume fuel even at a standstill, a Lexus Hybrid switches off its gas engine when decelerating and at a stop, saving fuel and minimizing emissions. The electric motor remains ready and available for immediate takeoff.