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Why Go Electric? If you're thinking about making a change on your driveway for the first time in about 10 years, you now have more options than you would've had last time you were car shopping.

Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars

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    Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

    No plug, just impressive efficiency.

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

    Go ahead and plug it in.....if you want.

    Electric Vehicle (EV)

    100% Electric, 100% Petrol Free, just charge and go!

    The Hybrid Range

    HEVs or Hybrids are powered by both gasoline and electricity. The electric energy is generated by the car's own braking system to recharge the battery. This is called 'regenerative braking', a process where the electric motor helps to slow the vehicle and uses some of the energy to achieve this.

    The Plug-in Hybrid Range

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and 'plugging in' to an external source of electrical power. 

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      Toyota RAV4 (Coming Soon)

      The All New RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid draws on more than 20 years of Toyota leadership in hybrid powertrain technology. More powerful, with lower CO2 emissions and increased fuel efficiency. View More

      The Electric Range

      Battery Electric Vehicles, also called BEVs and more frequently called EVs, are fully-electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. Battery electric vehicles store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs. Their battery power is used to run the electric motor and all onboard electronics.

      The Benefits of Buying Electric

      Toyota continue to lead the hybrid market since they first released the Prius Hybrid nearly 20 years ago. With several innovative Hybrid and Electric models to choose from – and many more planned – you are sure to find a hybrid that is right for you and your budget.

      As EVs become more mainstream, the costs of owning and maintaining them are on the decline, there is also a huge amount of benefits for drivers ready to make the switch. Not only is there a huge impact from the environmental benefits, there is also a whole host of savings you can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs. For example, when comparing the cost per mile of a fully electric car with a traditional fueled vehicle, owning an electric vehicle could cost you a quarter or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might.

      Key Benefits Include,

      Electric cars offer a range of financial, performance and environmental benefits when compared with internal combustion engine vehicles.

      • The Yaris Hybrid and Corolla Hybrid are ideal vehicles for around-town motoring, making the daily commute and school run hugely efficient.
      • For those needing something a little larger, there’s the Toyota C-HR Hybrid and the RAV4 Hybrid, both of which offer strong performance and impressive fuel economy, as well as extra space for your growing family.
      • The Prius+ is extremely versatile, being able to seat up to seven, while the Plug-In model reduces CO2 emissions to as little as 28g/km.
      • With more people opting for Hybrid and Electric Cars, charging stations are now more widely available and can even be found at some supermarkets and at shopping centres.
      • As Hybrid and Electric vehicles increase in popularity, this means that the models are not only becoming cheaper to run, they are also becoming cheaper to own by either purchasing outright or by finance.

      Electric Vehicle FAQ

      View below the most frequently asked questions we get from our Customers who want to make the switch to an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle

      What is a Toyota hybrid?

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      A Toyota hybrid car is a vehicle that uses both a petrol engine as well as a battery-powered electric motor to run the vehicle. Utilising both petrol and electricity is an economical and ecological way to encourage more fuel and cost efficient driving.

      What is Toyota Hybrid technology?

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      Toyota Hybrid technology is the brand’s innovative system that combines a traditional fuel engine with an electric motor powered by a battery. Each can work independently of the other or together to power the vehicle. The technology enables Toyota cars to save fuel, reduce emissions and even recharge their battery without needing to be plugged in.

      Toyota Hybrid technology includes Synergy Drive, an industry-leading system that takes six components (including a petrol engine, electric motor, electric generator and power control unit) to create a mechanism that allows you to seamlessly and automatically switch from electric to fuel power and vice-versa.

      Can you lease a Toyota Hybrid?

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      Yes, it’s possible to lease a Toyota Hybrid model. You can either do this through RMB Toyota on a long-term basis, whereby we tailor a lease-based finance plan to suit you, or you can hire one on a short-term basis from a reputable leasing company.

      If you want to purchase a Toyota Hybrid, we recommend taking a test drive at one of our modern dealerships to get a feel for the drive. Our sales advisors will be happy to take you out for a spin and talk through the differences between a Hybrid and a conventional model. Contact our teams in TeessideDarlington or Northallerton today.

      How long will a Toyota Hybrid Battery last?

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      The batteries in most Toyota hybrid vehicles are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. If the battery does need to be changed, the vehicle will show signs such as fuel economy dropping as well as the engine running almost constantly.


      Is it expensive to service and maintain a hybrid?

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      To service and maintain a hybrid vehicle, the costs are similar to those of a conventional car. When choosing an approved service centre, your hybrid vehicle will be serviced and maintained by those who know it best. Due to the nature of the hybrid powertrain, less strain is placed on the engine meaning you may find that it is cheaper to service and maintain your vehicle as parts may not need replacing as often.
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