Lexus ES 300h is not a plug-in hybrid, it gets charged itself
The time when we all are talking about electric vehicles, other well-known luxury car brands are still working on the hybrid car. Along with the BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and some other brands are still focusing to sell the hybrid car. Lexus is marketing the hybrid car during the festival season in India. My eyes noticed the advertisement for a luxury sedan in today’s news-papers kept on my breakfast table. I hold the paper in my hand and focused my attention on the front page of the newspaper. Oh, that was none other than Lexus ES 300h, a luxury electric sedan. For your information, I would like to let you know that Lexus offers some of the car models in the Indian market and these are-
Lexus ES 300h available in Indian Market:
In India, 07th generation Lexus ES 300h is now on sale. It comes with the 4th generation hybrid system which makes it lighter and more compact. If you demand the high power then this 4th generation hybrid system gets combined with the petrol engine. The front body design is just head-turner. Lexus is a luxury sedan which is powered by 2487cc four-cylinder inline petrol engine and 88kW electric motor. If you choose to have one Lexus ES 300h then you will get two different power delivery mode-
1) Regular Mode – Power outcome is from the engine as well as through the battery.
2) EV mode – Once you switch to EV mode this sedan start driving purely on battery power. 30 km is the range for pure EV mode.
In Lexus ES 300h, initially the car starts on battery power through the motor. So, you will hardly listen any start sound from the engine. When you press the accelerator paddles then power from petrol engine and battery goes to drive the wheel with full torque. When you foot-off from the accelerator paddle or press the breaks, battery get charged.In Lexus ES 300h, initially, the car starts on battery power through the motor. So, you will hardly listen to any start sound from the engine. When you press the accelerator paddles then power from the petrol engine and battery goes to drive the wheel with full torque. When you foot-off from the accelerator paddle or press the breaks, the battery gets charged.
This car delivers the milage of 22.3kmpl
|LEXUS ES300h SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine Type||4 cylinder In-Line petrol|
|Max. Power||131kW @5700rpm|
|Max. Torque||221Nm@3600-5200 rpm|
|Motor Type||Permanent Magnet Motor|
|Max. Torque||202 Nm|
|Battery||Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride|
|System Voltage||244.8 V|
|Number of Battery Cells||204|
|Total Max. Output||160 kW|
|Max. Speed||180 km/h|
|Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)||8.9 sec|
|Min. Turning Radius||5.9m|
|Chassis & Transmission|
(electronic-Continuously Variable Transmission)
|Suspension Type||MacPherson Strut (Front)|
Double Wishbone (Rear)
What’s Special about Lexus ES 300h
Lexus ES 300h is a hybrid electric car but unique thing is that it is not a plug-in hybrid even through the pure battery range is upto 30 kms. 4th generation hybrid technology from Lexus allows the battery to self charge it form the engine power and power generated during the braking. This hybrid system is so sofisticated that you don’t worry about plug-in the charing cable everytime.
|Lexus ES 300h 4th generation hybrid powertrain|
New ES 300h comes with load features like- Cruise Control, Paddle shifters, Ventilated driver and passenger’s seat, 14 way electric adjustable driver seat, 12 ways electric adjustable co-driver seat, Electric reclining rear seat further 8 degrees, 1800 W Mark Levinson 17 speaker premium sound system, 3 zone climate control system, Headlamp washer, Hollow wheel technology, 10 airbags, ESC, Traction control, TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system), Hands-free boot opening and closing, Heads-up display and many more. There are three driving modes available – NORMAL, ECO & SPORTS. Price: 59.95 Lacs (ex-showroom delhi) On-roda price goes upto 75Lacs.
Let’s check it out other specialities of Lexus ES 300h
SAFETY AND SECURITY– 10 Airbags – Driver, Passenger, Driver Knee, Passenger Knee, Front Side, Rear Side and Curtain Shield– ABS(Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)– Vehicle Stability Control– Hill Start Assist– Tyre Inflation Pressure Warning with Auto Location– Anti Theft System with Siren, Intrusion (Break-in) Sensor and Tilt Sensor– Impact Sensing Fuel Cut– Power Doorlock with Speed Lock Function-Power Windows with Jam Protection and Speed Control– Emergency Brake Signal INFOTAINMENT– 31.24cm (12.3inch) Electro Multi-Vision Display – Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System with AM/FM radio, in-dash DVD player, 17 speakers, MP3 and WMA play compatible, DSP, ASL, Clari-Fi, QLS – Bluetooth Function, hands-free calling, wireless connection with an AV-profile compliant player – Navigation – Audio Jack – 2 USB + 1 AUX-in COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE– Cruise Control – Paddle Shift – Normal, Eco and Sport Drive mode select – Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Electric Tilt + Telescopic adjustment and Memory function – Electric Parking Brake with Brakehold – Wireless Charger – Colour Heads Up Display – Rain-Sensing Wipers – Auto 3 Zone Air Conditioner with Humidity Sensor – Lexus Climate Concierge – Minus Ion Generator (nano e) – Sunshades for Rear Door and Rear Quarter Window + Power Sunshade for Rear Window – Easy Access Power System – Seat Slide + Tilt and Telescopic Steering – Front and Rear Parking Sensors – Back Monitor with Smart Camera – 2 X 12 V DC Connector + 2 X USB Port for Charging INTERIOR– Semi-Aniline Leather Seat Upholstery – Driver Seat – 14 Way Adjust (Including Cushion Length Adjust) + Slide memory – Passenger Seat – 12 Way Adjust + Slide memory + Easy Slide Switch (Co-passenger – Front Seats equipped with Seat Ventilation – Power Reclining Rear Seats with Trunk through – Seat Heater (Driver, Passenger, Rear) + Blower (Driver, Passenger) – EC Inside Rear View Mirror (Auto Anti-glare Mirror) – 17.78cm (7inch) colour TFT (Thin Film Transistor) Multi-Information Display – LED ambient illumination EXTERIOR– 3-Eye Bi-Beam LED Headlamp with Headlamp Cleaner – Dynamic Auto Headlamp Levelling Device – Automatic Headlamps with Follow Me Home Function – Cornering Lamp – Daytime Running Light System – UV-Cut Glass – Outside Rear View Mirror with Auto Retract, Memory, Reverse Linked, – LED Rear Combination Lamp – Rear Fog Lamp – Auto Open and Close Power Backdoor with Kick Sensor – Moon Roof with Tilt & Slide FunctionSource: Lexus India Official Website In July month only the CAR LAND team shared the walk-around review video of the Lexus ES300h. So, you can watch the test drive review videw below.
Lexus ES 300h is marketed in India with a tag line of “self-charging hybrid electric sedan” but non of the review available online currently focuses on this technology. Everyone has treated it like a regular Lexus luxury sedan car or just wrapped up this 4th generation Lexus hybrid technology in just few words. Lexus offers 30km of pure electric drive which is still sufficient for short distance travel. If one uses in such manner then he can drive it as an EV.——————–