Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars
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.
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.
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.
View below the most frequently asked questions we get from our Customers who want to make the switch to an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle
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.
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.
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 Teesside, Darlington or Northallerton today.
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.