No. The hybrid system recharges the battery by recovering energy from the braking system and whilst driving. It is all controlled automatically without any need for input from the driver.
As with conventional vehicles, actual consumption differs depending on the nature of the journey and the driving style. It takes a little practice to get the best from the car, but whilst some have claimed they can't match the official figures, others exceed them.
No. Although our full-Hybrids are designed to operate in electric –only modes, they have not been designed to run without petrol. Doing so could cause severe damage to the Hybrid system.
The on-board computer makes sure the hybrid/traction battery never discharges completely. There is a conventional battery as well that is treated just like the battery in a non-hybrid.
In an accident and under maintenance there is no risk of an electric shock. The battery is securely enclosed and if any abnormality is detected the computer will cut off the high voltage and prevent any escaping. There is also a service plug which can be used for manual disconnection.
No. Our hybrids have World Health Organisation certificates of compliance for non ionizing radiation both inside and outside the vehicle.
They are built to last as long as conventional vehicles.
The battery is designed to last the life of the vehicle. Some US owners have already passed 250,000 miles.
No, the battery will maintain sufficient energy storage for its lifetime. Even frequent use of electric-only mode will have no adverse effect.
Toyota launched the first Prius to the public almost twenty years ago, and have since sold over 9 million hybrids. They have proved just as reliable as conventional vehicles.
Over its entire life cycle from production to disposal, the Toyota hybrids have a lower impact on the environment than conventional vehicles. The majority of emissions do come from fuel used in driving, so emitting 43% less CO2 than equivalent petrol engined cars and 47% less NOx than diesels quickly compensates for the limited amount of extra energy used in manufacture.
A free recycling system is in place for all the batteries we produce. They are processed at purpose built plants, the nickel-iron for example being recycled into stainless steel. The Prius, for example, is now 95% recyclable.
Hybrid significantly reduces NOx and CO2 emissions and offers improved fuel economy. No current diesel can offer these three advantages to the same extent.
No, the current automatic transmission, a unique version of E-CVT, is an essential component of the Hybrid.
What is Hybrid? When a technology such as Hybrid promises to give you so much more, it would be easy to think Hybrid cars are complicated to own. Not so. In fact, our Hybrids have been designed to make things easier, from saving fuel and reducing emissions to generating their own recycled energy.
Benefits of Hybrid Whether you’re looking to rediscover your love of driving, reduce the cost of getting around or just have some fun without the emissions – there’s a long list of ways our Hybrids can make a good impression.
Hybrid simple truths Whether it's a worry about how you charge them, to a concern over how long the batteries will last, Hybrids can often be misunderstood. Put any confusion aside by discovering the eight simple truths behind Hybrid.