High nickel prices ensure that the used batteries are fully recycled to contribute to the over green factor and contributes to the fact that this entire car is 80% recyclable. The battery is engaged in slower speeds up to 25 mph. This is great for around the city driving and traffic jams.
During any kinetic movement of the car and coasting, the battery is constantly being charged when out of EV mode. During a despicable Chicago or L.A. traffic jam, one may feel better about their cause of running on pure electricity. On the bottom right of the speedometer, you can see arrows indicating which power system is providing the kinetic motion of the wheels. In higher speeds the engine is engaged, but at lower speeds in EV or ECO modes, the battery is propelling the car. During normal mode, simultaneous arrows will indicate mutual contribution from the engine and battery to the wheels of the car.
Lexus' touch of exclusivity of this car is represented in seven exterior color options- and two new colors are Brown Spice Mica and Daybreak Yellow Mica. There are four choices of interior colors in two types of materials. Leather and NuLuxe choices make this car better to the touch. You have two interior trim materials, of standard NuLuxe synthetic leather and real leather.
The pure animal lover will take pride in knowing that NuLuxe is extremely environmentally conscious using no volatile organic compounds. And light weight, reduced carbon dioxide output during the manufacturing process lowers toxins by 65% when compared to conventional synthetic leather. No metal dies are used.
Accent trim comes in Ash Burl, Bamboo, or Metal. This custom touch can be seen on the glove box. Coming standard in car features are the USB connection and auxiliary ports allowing iPod and mp3 music capability.
Integrated XM satellite radio, Bluetooth telephone and audio supports, along with 89 LED daytime running lights drain less power than halogen lights.
The car is fitted with 17 inch wheels with all season tires, NuLuxe seating surfaces, Leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic climate control, and ecological plastic for the interior and luggage area.