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When it comes to hybrid cars, Toyota has revolutionised and innovated the market for over 23 years. In that time, we have saved more than 120 million tonnes of CO₂ worldwide, compared to equivalent petrol engines. With high performance and dynamic innovation in our DNA, our range of stylish hybrids are enjoyed by over 15 million drivers globally.


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Hybrid Electric Cars Explained​


Hybrid Electric - offers the versatility to drive using either electric energy or a combination of petrol and electric. It has both a fuel tank and larger battery which is self charged by the vehicle when in use. The power source is a battery electric motor and petrol engine

Plug-in Hybrid Electric - drives using either electric energy or a combination of petrol and electric. It has a fuel tank and a larger battery which can also be recharged through an external charging point, this allows longer periods of pure electric driving. The power source is a battery electric motor and petrol engine


How a Toyota Hybrid Works

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Toyota Hybrid components Learn how a hybrid car's petrol engine and electric motor work together in different circumstances to give you the best possible mileage.

How does a hybrid car work when pulling away from a stop? This is one of the main reasons why hybrid cars are more efficient for city driving than a conventional petrol car. The electric motor powers the car, drawing on the battery for the power. Typically, up to 15mph and in reverse the vehicle only ever uses the electrical motor for drive.
How does a hybrid engine work during normal cruising? This is where the vehicle is at its most efficient. It is powered by the electric motor and a petrol engine to further support the electric motor, or to convert excess power into electricity that can be stored in the battery for later use.
How do hybrid cars work during heavy acceleration? Both the petrol engine and electric motors work together to increase power to the wheels. At the same time the petrol engine also powers the generator and the electric motor uses electricity from the battery and generator as needed.
How do hybrid cars work during braking and cruising? When you brake or you take your foot off the accelerator, Toyota Hybrid cars use a clever system called ‘regenerative braking’. As the car no longer needs to apply power to the wheels it allows the spinning wheels to power the vehicle’s generator, which produces electricity and stores it in the battery for later use.