Hybrid System Development for a High-Performance Rear Drive Vehicle 2006-01-1338
The original Toyota Hybrid System (THS) was installed in the Prius and was introduced in 1997 as the world's first mass-produced hybrid passenger car. THS has been continuously improved. In 2003 THS-II (marketed as Hybrid Synergy Drive [HSD]), was installed in a new larger Prius. In 2005 HSD was installed in two SUVs: the RX400h and Highlander Hybrid. This system achieved both V8 engine power performance and compact class fuel economy with outstanding emissions performance.
In 2006, the HSD line-up is expanded to front-engine rear-wheel (FR) drive in the Lexus GS450h. This paper will explain this hybrid system which achieves both 4.5-liter class power performance and compact class fuel economy, while meeting the most stringent emission standard SULEV.