You just get in and go with Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicles. There’s never a need to plug-in or worry about where the next charging station may be.
A hybrid electric vehicle has two power sources: a gas engine and an electric motor. In a full hybrid electric system – like our Self-Charging Lexus Hybrid Drive – both sources can power the car on their own, or they can team up to work together.
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Electrics combine a technologically advanced gas engine with a powerful battery and electric motor(s), and the intelligence to automatically select the best combination of gas and electric based on your driving needs. Because the battery re-charges both as you drive and during braking, you never need to take time out to plug-in, and you’ll visit the gas pumps less often when compared to a conventionally powered Lexus RX.
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Electrics deliver an extraordinary blend of power and fuel efficiency; breathtaking acceleration and supremely quiet ride; engaging driving dynamics and blissful peace of mind.
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Electrics are ready when you are, without ever needing to plug-in to recharge – simply press the power button and go. During initial take-off, the high-output battery and electric motor provide all the power you need – enhancing fuel efficiency while lowering CO2 emissions.
As you accelerate and require more power, the gas engine is automatically engaged. The revolutionary Lexus Hybrid Drive optimizes power from both sources. Leveraging the Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT), you’ll experience instantaneous response and powerful acceleration with a seamless transition between gas and electric motor.
At cruising speeds, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) sends power to the drive wheels and an electric generator. Excess energy is used to help re-charge the hybrid battery, while the ideal combination of gas and electric power helps you get more out of every fill-up.
Take your foot off the gas pedal, or press the brake pedal, and the regenerative braking system recovers some of the kinetic energy lost – conserving fuel and reducing emissions*. This energy is then converted to electricity that is then used to recharge the batter so you never need to plug-in.
*Disclaimer: This is dependent on many operating conditions.
When you come to a stop, the gas engine may switch off, saving fuel and minimizing emissions*. If the hybrid battery is running low, the gas engine knows to start, generating the energy required to charge the battery. Press the accelerator, and the virtuous cycle begins anew.
*Disclaimer: The gas engine does not automatically switch off in all cases. It is dependent on many operating conditions.
RX Hybrid Electric is not only the original self-charging hybrid electric luxury SUV, it is also built at our internationally renowned plant in Cambridge, Ontario. With features like AWD and heated rear seats, it’s the ideal vehicle for life in Canada – and just one of many great Lexus Hybrid Electrics to choose from.