2013 Lexus ES300h
Lexus introduced some of the first luxury hybrid vehicles, and is committed to the idea. However, with the new Lexus ES300h, engineers have found a way to make the hybrid components smaller and more efficient.
“A double-sided cooling system is adopted, helping to achieve more compactness and greater power density” said Bill Kwong from Lexus Product Communications. “The DC-DC converter and PCU are also integrated, helping save space.”
Lexus has also managed to make the battery more compact, which results in a lighter vehicle and better trunk space.
All this helps make the new ES300h one of the most fuel efficient luxury cars with a manufacturer’s fuel economy rating at 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The addition of the ES300h makes Lexus have one of the most robust hybrid lineups of any manufacturer. Only the IS entry-level sport sedan and GX and LX sport utility vehicles do not have a hybrid variant.
To learn more about the new ES300h, read out our review.