There are two motor engines in a hybrid vehicle: one electric engine and one conventional engine. While the hybrid’s conventional engine is powered by fuel such as diesel or petrol, its electric engine is driven purely by a hybrid battery.
Our hybrid battery is not like a standard car battery, but a much more sophisticated component which has been designed and engineered by Toyota to last – and keep working – for the entire lifetime of your car. Unlike a pure electric ‘plug-in’ vehicle that needs to have its battery recharged after a long journey, a hybrid battery continually recharges itself when your car is in motion.
It does this as you drive, through the car wheels turning; and even when you use your brakes, through a process called ‘regenerative energy’. In effect, hybrid cars are like small generators, continually topping their battery power up with electricity and then using it to power the electric engine - and saving on fuel costs.
Maintenance and service costs for a hybrid vehicle are similar to conventional petrol or diesel cars and your Toyota hybrid battery is also covered by the same five-year or 100,000-mile warranty as the rest of the car.
The Toyota ‘Hybrid Electric Service' includes hybrid specialist checks to ensure your battery is in top condition. Having a Toyota Hybrid Electric Service annually will extend the standard cover on your hybrid battery for another year, or 10,000 miles, meaning your hybrid battery lifespan can be covered up to a total of 15 years, with no limit on total mileage.
It is possible to replace a hybrid battery beyond its warranty. Prices vary depending on model as outlined below. Please contact your local dealer for more details.
||From price (Inc. VAT)
|Auris Hybrid Touring Sports||£1205.66
|Toyota C-HR Hybrid
|Prius Plug In||£5,447.15|
Toyota vehicles are amongst the most economical and environmentally friendly available and hybrid battery recycling is important to us. Removing and disposing of a hybrid battery is done by a Toyota Authorised Repairer, and, under EU Directive 2006/66/EC, we aim to recycle over 50% of the weight a hybrid battery.