Does a Hybrid car save you fuel?

We look at hybrid car fuel economy compared to petrol and diesel cars and how technologies like regenerative braking can further improve fuel economy.

How do hybrid cars compare to petrol and diesel cars for economy and emissions?

A hybrid vehicle has the advantage of being able to switch to its electric motor to drive in heavy traffic, built-up areas or at slower speeds, thereby using no fuel at all to power its conventional engine. In fact, to demonstrate the benefits of hybrid fuel economy, Toyota dealers often invite interested customers to take a hybrid for a test drive and then see just how far they can travel using the electric mode only.

In comparing hybrid vs. petrol, a Toyota Hybrid offers better fuel economy and C02 emissions. In hybrid vs. diesel, the Toyota Hybrid creates lower harmful NOx and PM emissions.

Advantages of Hybrid


EU regulations favour hybrid


NOx and PM affect human health and cities are implementing restrictions


A virtually noiseless ride with Toyota Hybrid

What is an electric car?

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are purely electric cars. They use electricity, stored in a sophisticated rechargeable battery, to power all onboard electronics and the motor. The battery needs recharging when it runs out so your range is limited to what charge the battery can hold.

What is the difference between hybrid and electric cars?

While a hybrid vehicle has a conventional engine as well as an electric motor to power itself, a pure electric vehicle only has an electric motor as its source of propulsion.

A hybrid car can also run on its electric motor and has a battery to store electricity but, when at higher speeds, the conventional engine kicks in and automatically recharges its electric battery as it drives. So, in average driving conditions, the hybrid car’s battery is always topped up and ready for use. All our cars that use electric motors are hybrids.

Are EVs better? They are different!


Not suitable for long trips


Up to 8 hours for a full charge


More expensive to buy, with lower resale values

What is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)?

There are now vehicles available which bridge the gap between hybrids and pure electric vehicles called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

For example, the Toyota Prius Plug-in is effectively a hybrid vehicle (with a conventional engine plus an electric motor) but in addition to recharging itself as it drives, you can also top up the electric battery at a recharging point. The advantage here is that, if most of your journeys are at low speeds you’re probably going to be using your electric motor much more and saving on fuel costs.


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