Hybrids and battery electric vehicles have a key difference. A hybrid electric vehicle switches between petrol and electric power, and pure electric power, and the hybrid battery charges when braking or coasting – so there is no need to plug in. A battery electric vehicle does not have a tailpipe resulting in zero tailpipe emissions, and runs on battery power alone, meaning that you have to plug in the vehicle to charge it.
Charging an electric vehicle is easy and you can charge whilst you are at home, or at a growing number of locations when travelling.
There are three methods of charging for battery electric vehicles.
Rapid (43kW to 50kW)
The fastest way to charge your battery electric vehicle. There are over 4,000 public rapid charge points across the UK.
Fast (7kW to 22kW)
Much faster than a normal plug, dedicated EV chargers can be installed at home or found in many public and workplace car parks.
You can even charge your vehicle through a domestic 3-pin plug socket which can be convenient although this is a slower way to charge.
Use Zap Map to find public charging stations on your route.
Charging is easy, and when you buy a Toyota full battery electric vehicle, or plug-in hybrid, two cables will be included:
3 Pin Plug cable which is used for slow charging with a 3 pin plug at home.
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.
Just like any other vehicle, the range of an EV varies between make and model. The maximum range of our electric vehicles is impressive, our All-New bZ4X for example has a range of up to 318 miles*.
As with any vehicle, however it is powered, the range also depends on a number of factors such as weather and driving style.
*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.