How Hybrids Work

Hybrids

The power of Lexus Hybrid Drive lies in   its ability to seamlessly blend the seemingly incongruous together -   like exceptional power and incredible fuel efficiency, or breathtaking   acceleration and a supremely quiet ride, or truly engaging driving   dynamics and blissful peace of mind. Here's how it works:

Getting Started

Getting Started

Lexus Hybrids never need to be plugged in. They recover and generate   power while you drive, automatically recharging the Hybrid battery. When   you're ready to go, simply press the Power button, and your journey can   begin.

Acceleration

Acceleration

Unlike some Hybrid   systems, Lexus Hybrids are capable of operating with the gas engine   only, electric motor only, or a seamless and extremely efficient   combination of both. When you accelerate, the electric motor works on   its own to drive the wheels. For rapid acceleration, or as you require   more power to increase your speed, the gas engine assists the electric   motor.

Cruising

Crusing

A revolutionary Electronic Control Unit (ECU) controls the energy flow between the gas-powered combustion engine, advanced electric motor and high-capacity battery. When you reach your cruising speed, the power from the gas engine is split between the wheels and an electric generator that drives the electric motor. Excess energy used to recharge the Hybrid battery, minimizing energy waste.

Decelerating/Braking

Decelerating/Braking

The gas engine switches off immediately, stopping the creation of CO2 emissions, when you take your foot off the gas pedal or press the brake pedal. In response, the electric generator creates resistance to reduce the vehicle cruising speed. The electricity generated by this resistance is redirected to recharge the Hybrid battery.

Stopping

Stopping

Along with its Sports-tuned Suspension, the F SPORT package includes Front and Rear Lateral Performance Dampers - a feature found on few performance automobiles. The Lateral Dampers increase chassis rigidity while suppressing road vibrations and body distortion during high-performance maneuvers. The result is exceptional handling, a tight linear steering feel, and a ride that's as invigorating as it is inviting.

Reference Guides

Because Lexus hybrids have a high-voltage electrical system, great care   is taken to ensure that this pack does not contact objects other than   the hybrid propulsion system itself.

In the case of an emergency or collision with a Hybrid vehicle, safety   professionals and first responders identify the presence of hybrid   technology and act accordingly. That's why we publish Emergency Response   Guides and Dismantling Manuals. Guides are currently available for the   following Lexus hybrids:

  
Lexus Hybrid Emergency Response Guide Dismantling Manual
RX 400h Download PDF Download PDF
RX 450h Download PDFN/A
CT 200h Download PDFN/A
ES 300h Download PDFN/A
GS 450h Download PDF Download PDF
HS 250h Download PDFN/A
LS 600h L Download PDFN/A

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