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Hybrid FAQs

Want to know more about hybrid vehicles? Find out how far a hybrid can go or whether hybrids have to be charged by simply clicking on a video link below and let the Toyota Hybrids answer your questions.

Hybrid electric vehicles incorporate two energy sources, a petrol engine and an electric motor. All our hybrids are automatic and optimise power by seamlessly switching between electric and a blend of petrol and electric power.

Toyota Hybrids feature pioneering, self-charging battery technology. When the battery runs low in a Toyota Hybrid, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. That’s not all. Our self-charging hybrids feature regenerative braking, so when you brake or coast, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery for later.

If you’re still asking yourself do hybrids have to be charged, remember that with a self-charging hybrid there are no cables due to self-charging battery technology. However, our plug-in hybrids can be plugged-in to charge the battery and run for an extended range using electricity alone.

There are three types of hybrid electric vehicle - mild hybrid cars, full hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Mild hybrid cars only use their electric motors to support the engine during acceleration and cruising as the electric motor cannot power the car on its own. In a full or self-charging Toyota Hybrid, you can enjoy full electric power for up to 80% of your city journeys and cruising speeds of up to 30 mph . Plug-in hybrids work in the same way as a hybrid but with a high capacity battery for greater electric performance.

Toyota Hybrids can save you money by using less fuel through the use of the electric motor. For example, figures from Toyota Hybrid Experience show that up to half of urban journeys were on electric power alone.

Not only can you save fuel, Toyota Hybrids are also more affordable to service than you may think. With parts like brake pads wearing less, as well as convenient service plans, service costs are no more expensive than a conventional car.

The pioneering battery technology in a Toyota Hybrid is engineered to last. As part of a Toyota Hybrid Service, your vehicle’s hybrid system and hybrid battery will be checked by Toyota technicians to ensure it is in top condition. Having this carried out annually will mean your Toyota is eligible for a further 1 year/10,000 miles* of Hybrid Battery Extended Cover, up to a total of 15 years.

* Whichever is soonest.

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