The Power of h – A Look at Hybrid LexusMay 2nd, 2017
In the world of Lexus, vehicles are defined by two letters and three numbers. A few select models receive an extra letter: h.
That one little letter signifies a movement by Lexus to let power and efficiency co-exist in an automobile. The “h,” standing for “hybrid,” offers a look into a transition toward better fuel economy and cleaner emissions, all while keeping the same luxury in every Lexus.
How the Lexus Hybrid Works
Lexus Hybrid cars and SUVs never need to be plugged in, unlike most other hybrid vehicles. 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.
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.
When you reach 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. The gas engine switches off 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.
When you are stopped, with only the electric motor active, your Lexus Hybrid is silent and emits no emissions. If the hybrid battery is running low, the gas engine intuitively starts, generating the energy required to replenish the battery. This is just one of the reasons that Lexus Hybrids are cleaner than gas engines and diesels.
Even when stopped, you can run systems like air conditioning from the hybrid battery. To avoid running down, the gas engine can intuitively start, generating the energy required to replenish the battery.
Find Your Lexus Hybrid
With six new Hybrid Lexus models, we can help find you the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle.
The sales staff at Lexus of Calgary is ready to answer your questions about luxury hybrid vehicles and share with you why to buy at Lexus of Calgary.