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Charging & Range

With our drive towards a lower emission future, we’ve created a simple guide to help you manage your range and show what charging options you have for your new plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

The Basics

We now offer 4 different types of electrified engines, each with different charging and range characteristics.

Self-charging hybrid

Such as our Yaris Hybrid

Charging: none required, self-charging battery

Range: determined by fuel, not battery capacity

Battery electric

Such as our Toyota bZ4X

Charging: home socket or wall box & fast or rapid public charger

Range: varies according to model

Plug-in hybrid

Such as our RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid

Charging: home socket or wall box & fast public charger

Range: up to 46* miles on battery alone but will use the petrol engine to recharge the battery on the move

Hydrogen fuel cell

Such as our Mirai

Charging: none required, powered by hydrogen

Range: up to 400^ miles on a full tank of hydrogen

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Rapid

For: Battery electric vehicles

The fastest way to charge your battery electric vehicle. There are over 4,000 public rapid charge points across the UK.

Fast

For:
Plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles

Much faster than a normal plug, these wall-boxes can be installed at home or found in many public and workplace car parks.

Slow

For:
Plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles

Available through either a normal wall socket at home, or public 3 - 6kWh chargers found in places such as car parks and hotels.

How to plug in to a charger

You will use a different cable to plug in depending on how you charge your vehicle. When you buy a Toyota electric vehicle, two cables will be included with the vehicle:

  • A 3 Pin Plug cable which is used for slow charging with a 3 pin plug at home.
  • A 32A Type A Mennekes cable which is used for fast charging at home with a dedicated EV charger or when you are using a fast public charger.

When you use a public rapid charger to charge your electric vehicle, the charger will have a cable fitted already, and you simply need to plug it into your vehicle.

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What is the range of an electric vehicle

The type of vehicle and the size of the battery determines the range of an electric vehicle. In addition to this, as with any vehicle, however it is powered, the range also depends on a number of factors such as weather and driving style.

The maximum range of our electric vehicles is impressive, for example, our All New bZ4X has a range of up to 317 miles* which means on a fully charged battery, you could travel from London to Birmingham, and back.**

How often will I need to charge

When you make the move to electric, it is important to think about how and when you will charge your vehicle.

We recommend that you take every opportunity to charge your vehicle – at home, or on trips out, if the car is parked, it is beneficial to charge when you can rather than drive until the battery is empty.

This not only uses your time effectively, it is best for battery life too.

Maximising your Range

Whether you’re driving a self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle, there are some simple things to consider when managing your range:

Tracking your driving

Our hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles all come with continuously updating guidance about how far you can travel on your remaining energy.

 

Where and how you drive

Just like a petrol or diesel, where and how you drive can affect your total range. You will be able to travel more miles on a charge with smoother driving or on the motorway, compared to city driving with lots of stopping and starting.

Charge often

To maximise battery life, charge your electric vehicle whenever you have the chance whether your at home or on the go. It makes the most of your time and increases efficiency.

‘Eco’ mode and electronics

As with most vehicles now, activating ‘Eco’ mode will prioritise economy over performance to enhance range. To maximise your range with battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, you can set your air conditioning whilst still plugged in.
 

Outside temperature

Be aware that the weather can affect the range of your vehicle and it may need charging more often in cold temperatures.


Driving style

Your driving style can affect your range too. Maintain sufficient vehicle to vehicle distance to avoid accelerating or decelerating unnecessarily, and drive at a moderate speed as much as possible.

Public Charging

Find out where you can charge your vehicle.
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* Electric range figures are provided for comparability purposes; only compare electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results. Electric range can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, including the accessories fitted (post-registration), driving style, conditions, speed and vehicle load.

**Based on recommend Google Maps route totaling 236 miles from and to the central location of each city.

^ WLTP Estimate