REWRITING THE RULES OF THE ROAD
Lexus Hybrid Drive (LHD) combines an advanced electric motor and powerful gasoline engine to deliver the perfectly balanced drive.
Like the very best conductors, LHD orchestrates peak performance from its twin powerplants while also dramatically improving fuel-efficiency.
When the electric motor operates alone, LHD provides a silent environment inside and outside the Lexus. It outputs zero CO2 emissions, and even in concert with the gasoline engine, delivers a clean-running operation to complete the four pillars of the LHD 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.