My Garage

How Do Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicles Work?

How Do Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicles Work?

Our Lexus self-charging hybrid vehicles have been the talk of the town in Edmonton, and for a good reason… but you may be wondering “How do they work?”

Lexus has been paving the way for luxury hybrid and electric vehicles, with self-charging hybrid vehicles creating a convenient and powerful solution for its buyers. Gentler to the planet, more fuel economical, more convenient, and no pesky plug-ins… this is the modern-day solution you’ve been looking for.

This blog will take you along for a ride into the world of our self-charging hybrid vehicles, their design, how they work, and the benefits of these luxury vehicles. Jump on in!

A woman walks towards her Lexus hybrid vehicle in a city setting.

Meet the Lexus Self-Charging Hybrids

Features of Lexus Electric Hybrids

  • Gasoline Engine
  • Electric Motor
  • High-Voltage Battery
  • Regenerative Braking System
  • Hybrid Transaxle

How does the Self-Charging Hybrid Work?

  • 1. Power Source
  • 2. Conversion and Charge
  • 3. The Drive

Benefits of Lexus Electric Hybrids

  • Kinder to the Planet
  • Efficient Performance
  • Convenience: The Lexus Guarantee

What Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicles Does Lexus Offer?

Get your Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicle Today

There is a Lexus hybrid SUV parked next to a family playing in the snow.

Meet the Lexus Self-Charging  Hybrid

The Lexus Hybrid Electrics are self-charging vehicles that seamlessly combine a gas engine and an electric motor. Low emissions, fuel efficiency, big power, and fast acceleration… with no plug-in.

A new Lexus self-charging hybrid vehicle parked on a forest road.

Check out our range of self-charging hybrid vehicles available here.

Features of Lexus Hybrid Electrics

All our self-charging hybrid vehicles combine the power of a gas engine and an electric motor… but the self-charging hybrids have one added advantage - convenience.


This image shows a Caucasian man sits in the front seat of a Lexus SUV.

Gasoline Engine

The gasoline engine charges the high-voltage battery, providing power for heavier or higher speeds. In the self-charging hybrids, the gas engine will turn off and on under set conditions to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. (Like stop-and-go traffic!)

Electric Motor

Electric motors propel the vehicle forward and provide power to charge the high-voltage battery. This motor is what makes a hybrid a hybrid! Driving in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode uses only the electric motor and produces extremely low emissions.

High-Voltage Battery

This battery can power the vehicle on its own, reducing tailpipe emissions to zero. Additionally, it’s one of two power sources to drive the vehicle, and can also work in conjunction with the gas engine when required. 

Regenerative Braking System

The regenerative braking system allows the motor to act as a generator, converting braking energy into electricity. It’s effective in stop-and-go traffic, and can turn your stop into power for your go!

Hybrid Transaxle

The Lexus hybrid transaxle has two roles - although it provides electrical and engine power to the wheels, it ALSO acts as a generator to charge the high-voltage battery. What does this mean? The transaxle converts power from the gas engine and electric motor into electric power for the battery! 

Read more about Lexus Hybrid & Hydrogen Fuel Technology.

How does the Self-Charging Hybrid Work?

Now, let's dive into how these features work together.

  1. Power Source
  2. Conversion and Charge
  3. The Drive

A Lexus logo shown on the grille of a vehicle.

1. Power Source

The Lexus Hybrid Electrics have two power sources - these are the high-voltage battery and the gas engine. This HV battery can power the vehicle independently or with the gas engine.

How is the HV battery powered though?

Batteries need to get their power from somewhere… and the high-voltage battery obtains power from the electric motor and gas engine. The gas engine charges the battery, while the electric motor propels the vehicle forward and provides power to the battery.

2. Conversion and Charge

Compared to other vehicles needing a charging system, the Lexus Hybrid Electrics are self-charging. 

You can thank the Hybrid Transaxle for that! Not only does it provide electric and engine power to the tires, but it also acts as a generator for the HV battery. The power and energy from the electric motor and gas engine are converted into electric energy to keep the battery charged while you drive!

What about regenerative braking?

The self-charging hybrids also have regenerative braking systems that allow your car battery to charge when you slow down or stop. It allows the motor to act as a generator, converting braking energy into electricity.

(This is especially helpful in traffic! You can save power while standing still.)

What happens when the battery runs out of charge?

The gas engine takes over when the battery is empty, so you’ll never have to worry about battery range. 

3. The Drive

You’re promised a smooth, luxurious ride. Combining the gas engine with a high-output electric motor, regenerative braking system, and a high-voltage battery, your luxury vehicle can drive longer and faster.

Watch it in action: How Lexus Hybrid Drive Works

Benefits of Lexus Electric Hybrids

Now that you understand how the self-charging Lexus hybrids work, let’s take a look at the benefits.

The interior of a Lexus vehicle, on a sunny day.

Kinder to the Planet

Let's explore the environmental benefits! While the hybrids work in tandem with a gas engine and an electric battery, they can drive using just electric power. This allows you to use our all-electric EV mode for up to 50% of the time.

Self-charging hybrids produce lower emissions making it the more environmentally friendly choice.

Take a look at the 2024 Lexus NX 350h! This self-charging hybrid vehicle with All-Wheel Drive has a fuel rating of 5.7/6.4 (City/Highway, L/100km) compared to its gas counterpart with a fuel rating of 10.5/8.3 (City/Highway, L/100km). 

The 2024 NX is built for comfort, luxury, and lowered emissions. You can drive in luxury while using less fuel!

A man climbs out of a blue Lexus NX 350h.

Efficient Performance

Our hybrid vehicles deliver a beautiful performance of power and fuel efficiency. 

While you can switch between gas and electric motor while driving, you won’t need to due to the intelligent Power Control Unit. It controls your power flow and monitors your driving conditions while you drive!

Meet our most powerful hybrid vehicle yet, the 2024 Lexus RX 500h. This self-charging hybrid vehicle has low emissions and a standard DIRECT4 All-Wheel Drive (AWD). With 367 horsepower, this hybrid powertrain offers Edmonton drivers even more power than the fuel-based RX 350 which produces 275 horsepower (almost a 100 horsepower difference).

In terms of fuel efficiency, this punchy SUV delivers at 8.7/8.4 (City/Highway, L/100km). Compared to the non-hybrid RX 350 with 11.2/8.4 (City/Highway, L/100km), this vehicle promises better fuel efficiency and power than other hybrid vehicles!

The Lexus RX 500h drives down a foggy, dark road.

Convenience: The Lexus Guarantee

No plug-in means no delays! There is no need for a plug-in station or to fill your car up as often as conventional vehicles. As your car self-charges, you can get on the road and get to your destination, faster.

A brand new self-charging hybrid vehicle drives down a forest road.

Every new and certified pre-owned Lexus hybrid vehicle purchased includes 24-hour emergency roadside and mechanical breakdown assistance in Canada or the continental US, 365 days a year.

Moreover, you get the same Lexus guarantee of reliability, roadside assistance, warranties, and service as all Lexus vehicles.

Bonus: Air-Conditioning

Did you know that, unlike many conventional vehicles, Lexus Hybrid Electric vehicles can run air-conditioning without running the engine? You can thank the Power Control Unit for this feature.

What Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicles Does Lexus Offer?

Want your favourite Lexus vehicle but with the convenience of hybrid self-charging? Check out our list of current Lexus vehicles available with self-charging hybrid powertrains.

  • ES 300h
  • LC 500h
  • LS 500h 
  • NX 350h
  • NX 450h+ (plug-in hybrid)
  • RX 350h
  • RX 500h
  • RX 450h+ (plug-in hybrid)
  • TX 500h
  • UX 300h

Shop our available hybrid models here.

Get your Lexus Self-Charging Hybrid Vehicle Today

Ready to experience the beauty of the Lexus self-charging hybrids yourself? You are in the right place. Here at Lexus South Pointe in South Edmonton, our team is ready to help you!

You can visit our virtual showroom, read more about our award-winning team, or get in touch with our team for further assistance here

Categories: Hybrid Vehicles

Tags: ,