Full Hybrid Leadership

Lexus envisions a smarter life cycle for modern vehicles, beginning with the development of cleaner power systems and the elimination of harmful emissions. This vision is realized in the Lexus Hybrid Drive, which integrates advanced combustion engine technology and powerful electric motors to create the most advanced hybrid system anywhere, in the world's first full hybrid luxury cars.

  • Starting
  • Normal Driving
  • Hard Acceleration
  • Decelerating and Braking
Hybrid System
  • Start Up, Drive Off

    When starting off, the electric motor can propel the GS450h up to normal driving speeds which electric power being supplied from the hybrid battery. At this point the vehicle is almost silent, use no petrol and produces zero emissions.

  • Normal Driving Conditions

    At normal driving speeds the smooth 3.5L V6 Atkinson Cycle engine cuts in almost silently, but still receives assistance from the electric motor when required. Through the excellent distribution of the petrol and electric power sources, the GS450h provides extraordinary driving excitement – together with low emissions and modest fuel consumption

  • Full Throttle Acceleration

    Accelerate and the powerful electric motor instantaneously supplements the engine. Together they deliver a potent surge of torque up to provide breathtakingly fast linear acceleration precisely when you need it.

  • Deceleration, Stopping, Braking

    When decelerating or coming to a halt, the engine turns off, cutting emissions to zero. Brake, or take your foot off the accelerator pedal, and regenerative braking harnesses the kinetic energy lost in other cars. It converts this into electrical energy for storage in the hybrid battery, which is one reason why you never need to recharge a Lexus Full Hybrid.



  • Fuel Efficient
  • Clean Energy
  • Superior Performance
  • Quiet Ride
  • Energy lost in conventional engines is recovered and used to boost fuel efficiency by the intelligent Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
  • The Lexus Hybrid Drive reduces emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2, as well as the emissions of other harmful pollutants such as CO, HC and NOx.
  • The smooth acceleration and impressive speed expected of a top luxury car with the environmental credentials of a hybrid.
  • The electric drive offers a virtually silent start and quiet cruising in EV drive mode and at low speeds and low loads.