LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CARS
HOW DO SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CARS WORK?
HOW DOES A SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR ENGINE WORK?
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid cars have a petrol engine and an electric motor. They drive just like a conventional automatic car. The technology in the car seamlessly selects the best power source on your behalf (petrol or electric mode) based on your driving. Self-Charging Hybrid technology helps bring you improved fuel efficiency and zero emissions when on electric power.
HOW DOES A LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID ENGINE POWER THE BATTERY?
Fill the car up with petrol like any other conventional petrol car. Our Self-Charging Hybrid system cleverly charges the electric battery while you are driving. Not just on the move, but when you stop or slow down, the regenerative braking system recovers even more energy.
HOW RELIABLE ARE SELF-CHARGING HYBRID ENGINES?
All our hybrid cars come with a 3 year / 60,000 mile standard manufacturer warranty and a 5 year /60,000 mile warranty for both hybrid components and hybrid battery.
To give you full peace of mind, we have introduced Lexus Relax, meaning every Lexus, once the initial 3 year manufacturer warranty has expired can be extended with regular servicing at a Lexus Centre. A 12 month warranty is included with every Lexus Service, up to 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Giving you a chance to relax in the knowledge that you and your vehicle are in safe hands. T&Cs apply. Find out more.
HOW WELL DO SELF-CHARGING HYBRIDS PERFORM?
Our models are powerful and efficient, especially when you start in the EV (Electric Vehicle) mode and allow your Lexus to switch to petrol when the need arises. When you accelerate hard, the power of the electric motors instantaneously supplements the petrol engine. Together they deliver a potent surge of torque and rapid forward movement precisely when you need it. The Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid range includes a variety of engine sizes to suit your specific needs and driving style. With no need for a manual transmission system all of our hybrids are automatic cars with a choice of power modes to achieve maximum performance depending on driving conditions.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR?
Ensure every trip runs smoothly. Lexus hybrid cars come with a 3 year, 60,000-mile manufacturer warranty and 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty for components and the battery. Service your car every year or after 10,000 miles, and as part of your service Lexus will also include a free hybrid health check.
SMOOTHER STARTThe self-charging battery is always ready.PETROL ENGINEELECTRIC MOTORBRAKEBATTERY
HOW HYBRID WORKS
Just get in and go. From the moment you take to the driver’s seat, turn on the engine and the Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid will be ready, without the need to plug in or charge overnight. City driving is where fully electric EV mode comes into its own. When driving in traffic the car will automatically switch between the petrol engine and the electric battery. For the moments when you require an extra burst of power at low speeds, the petrol engine provides support. The smooth handling and quiet ride is ideal for your everyday journeys. Alongside lower emissions and fuel consumption, this near perfect distribution of petrol and electric power also provides extraordinary driving enjoyment.
COMBINED POWERDrive with a constantly adapting combination of petrol and electric power.PETROL ENGINEELECTRIC MOTORBRAKEBATTERY
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HOW DO ELECTRIC AND PETROL WORK TOGETHER?
In a Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid there are two power sources, a combustion petrol engine and an electric battery.
As you drive, the car seamlessly combines the petrol and electric power. This highly advanced Power Control Unit – 20% more powerful yet 10% lighter than the previous generation – intelligently monitors your driving conditions and seamlessly controls the flow of power.
The result is increased efficiency, lower emissions, and optimised performance. A Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid will save you money, whilst reducing your environmental impact.
SMARTER BRAKINGThe regenerative braking system recovers energy whenever you slow down.PETROL ENGINEELECTRIC MOTORBRAKEBATTERY
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HOW DOES A LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR RECHARGE?
In a Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid, energy is cleverly conserved.
Most of the time you’re driving, your battery is charging. Not just on the move, but when you stop or slow down, our regenerative braking system recovers even more energy without you having to do a thing. Lexus hybrid cars never need plugging in.
WHAT TYPES OF HYBRID CARS DO LEXUS SELL?
Lexus sells full Self-Charging Hybrid cars such as the UX which can use both an electric motor and conventional engine to drive the car. Either of these sources can power the car on their own, or the power from both units can be combined. You will benefit from greater flexibility and range. Choose from luxury hybrid cars that include the compact Lexus NX, ideal for an urban environment to the 7 seater family car the RX L.
IS A SELF-CHARGING HYBRID BETTER THAN A PETROL OR DIESEL CAR?
Full Self-Charging Hybrid and electric cars both have a battery that can be recharged whilst standard engines run on petrol or diesel alone. The difference is that Self-Charging Hybrids can work with both fuel and electricity and some can switch between the two easily.
There will be savings from buying less petrol or diesel due to the self-charging electric motor being used to power up to half of journeys taken. Take a look at our test results.
HOW MANY GEARS ARE THERE ON A LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR?
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid cars such as the UX offer a far greater range of gears than a conventional vehicle but are essentially automatic cars. The cars use Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT), an intelligent transmission which offers an infinite number of gears within a broad range of ratios, allowing for automatic gear changes.
By constantly analysing vehicle speed, road conditions, engine power and driver input, it selects the optimal (most efficient) gear ratio for that precise moment. When that moment passes, it moves seamlessly to the next ratio.
E-CVT works in harmony with the Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid technology, simultaneously handling inputs from both the petrol engine and the electric motor. Without the constraining effect of fixed gear ratios, the engine can be operated at its most efficient speed to either propel the car or charge the batteries. If the computer decides that the petrol motor is not needed for a time, it can be shut down and the E-CVT used to direct propulsion from the electric motors to the wheels instead.
E-CVT transmission can be found on all our Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid cars.
HOW RELIABLE ARE LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRIDS?
Our award winning hybrid models are as reliable as similar petrol and diesel cars.
They are exceptionally durable, and for peace of mind, all our new Self-Charging Hybrid cars come with a 5 year/60,000 mile hybrid battery cover for confidence on every journey.
Lexus Hybrid batteries are designed with longevity in mind, and with self-charging technology you'll never have to plug in the battery to charge.
ARE SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CARS SAFE?
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid cars have the same expertly designed and rigorously tested safety features that you’ll find across our whole range. They are as safe to drive as a conventional vehicle, giving you peace of mind. 5 Star Euro NCAP has been awarded to all our models (excluding LC and LS).
WHAT ADVANTAGES DO LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRIDS HAVE OVER OTHER SYSTEMS?
Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid technology is the original and the best. We have sold over one million vehicles, were the first to pioneer full hybrids 14 years ago and we’ve been perfecting our approach ever since.
Unlike other systems, Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid can run purely on electric power at lower speeds. This means zero emissions and greater efficiency. Competitor systems tend to have much smaller electric motors which only work alongside the petrol engine – they can’t power the car alone.
HOW FAR CAN LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CARS TRAVEL ON BATTERY POWER?
It depends on the level of battery charge, the driving conditions, and how heavily your car is loaded.
The UX model can travel up to 70mph in EV mode and the NX up to 40mph. The Self-Charging Hybrid system intelligently monitors the battery and keeps it charged. If you’re driving long distances or at faster speeds, the clever hybrid system will switch from the battery power source to the petrol engine.
WHAT MAKES LEXUS HYBRID DRIVE DIFFERENT FROM PETROL EQUIVALENTS?
All Lexus Hybrid models have two power sources: a petrol engine and an electric motor. Both can power the car alone, or they can team up together. The world’s most advanced Power Control Unit intelligently monitors your driving conditions and seamlessly controls the flow of power.
The result is increased efficiency, lower emissions, and optimised performance. A Lexus Hybrid will save you money, whilst reducing your environmental impact.
CAN I SWITCH BETWEEN POWER SOURCES?
For zero emissions and maximum efficiency, you can choose to switch to electric power alone for short periods if you like – if the driving conditions are right. But there’s no need. The intelligent Power Control Unit monitors your driving conditions and seamlessly controls the flow of power, to lower emissions and boost performance when you’re on the road
From start up, to acceleration, mid-journey, and deceleration, the optimum choice is made for you. Find out the results of our tests on the use of the electric engine during a typical journey.
CAN I LEAVE MY LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME WITHOUT CHARGING THE BATTERY?
There’s no need to charge your Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid - it is always ready to go.
The advanced, compact battery is efficiently charged as you drive and through ECB-R (Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration). This smart technique captures energy when you brake, converting it to electricity to charge the battery.
CAN I USE MY LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR IN EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS?
You can. Lexus Hybrids have exactly the same capabilities as a conventional car. As with any car, it’s still important to pay attention to the driving conditions, and take extra care when needed. Always avoid driving if there are severe weather warnings.
Lexus offers a winter health check to ensure your car is ready for lower temperatures and unpredictable conditions. Contact your local Centre for more details.
HOW LONG WILL MY SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR’S BATTERY LAST?
The battery is engineered to last a lifetime. All new Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid cars come with 5 year or 60,000 mile hybrid battery cover as standard. Lexus vehicles are amongst the most economical and environmentally friendly available and hybrid battery recycling is important to us. Removing and disposing of a hybrid battery is done by a Lexus Authorised Repairer, and, under EU Directive 2006/66/EC, we aim to recycle over 50% of the weight of a hybrid battery.
DO I HAVE TO EXTERNALLY CHARGE MY LEXUS HYBRID CAR’S BATTERY?
Never. Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid vehicles never need plugging in – they recharge as you drive and use ECB-R: Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration when you brake.
WHAT SPEED CAN A LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRID CAR REACH BEFORE THE PETROL ENGINE STARTS?
Self-Charging Hybrid cars switch to petrol power once they reach a certain speed. In optimum conditions, a Self-Charging Hybrid vehicle can reach up to 28mph – or up to 40mph for the NX – on electric power alone before the petrol engine kicks in.
WHAT IS A MILD HYBRID?
A hybrid vehicle has two power sources: an internal combustion engine and a high capacity battery used to power electric motor(s).
A Full Hybrid (FHEV) or Self Charging Hybrid can run on just the combustion engine, just the electric motor (i.e. power from batteries), or a combination of the two.. A Self Charging Hybrid is not plugged in to recharge; the battery is recharged by running the combustion engine and by regenerative braking.
A Mild Hybrid (MHEV) also has an electric motor and combustion engine. However, as the battery has less capacity and electric motor is less powerful than on a Full Hybrid, Mild hybrids do not operate in just electric mode. Typically the motor and engine work together so a MHEV is incapable of zero emission driving.
A Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), as the name suggests, can be plugged into the mains in order to fully recharge its battery. PHEVs can be run in just electric mode and depending on battery capacity may be usable as an EV for day to day commuting, with the reassurance of being able to operate as a full Hybrid Electric Vehicle for long distances.