Hybrid... Embrace The Change

SO QUIET, IT’LL LEAVE
YOU SPEECHLESS.

While everyone else was just talking about ‘green’ cars Toyota took a step ahead and conceptualized & introduced the Hybrid System. That was way back in 1997. Today the Prius Hybrid holds an iconic status across the world; known for great fuel efficiency, smooth driving and low emissions. Best of all, it’s so incredibly quiet, when idle or even when driving, you enjoy a relaxing, peaceful drive every time you get behind the wheel.



RUNS ON FUEL. RUNS ON ELECTRICITY.
IT’S A RUNAWAY SUCCESS.

Why might I need a car that’s powered by gas and electricity you’d ask? The answer is it’s the future of high-efficiency automotive technology. The Prius Hybrid uses an electric motor that charges while you drive. The result? A technological marvel that provides better fuel efficiency resulting in longer breaks between fuel stops, strong acceleration and handling plus low emissions.

WHAT IS HYBRID

Motor + Engine

Gas or petrol engines have certain strength and weakness. So do electric motors. Toyota Hybrid Technology combines the best of both to create the world's best hybrids.


Not All Hybrids are Created Equal

Toyota's full hybrid system uniquely combines electric motor with gasoline engine to create one of the world's most efficient vehicles. Here's how.

HOW HYBRID WORKS

1 Starting


As you depress the accelerator, the hybrid starts-up using only the motor


2 Normal driving


The Hybrid uses the motor and engine to provide optimum driving efficiency. While driving under a light load, it operates using only the motor.


3 Accelerating


The addition of electricity supplied by the battery boosts driving power.


4 Decelerating and braking


The wheels drive the motor to generate electricity. Energy is efficiently recovered while decelerating and braking, and used to charge the battery.


5 EV (Electric Vehicle)-Drive Mode


EV-Drive Mode drive quietly using only the motor

Benefits of owning a 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.

Life's easy in a Hybrid, just get in and drive

Toyota Hybrids have been designed to be as easy to drive as possible. When you hit the power button there’s no noise, just a prompt that you’re ready! And as the Hybrid system controls itself, and all Hybrids are automatic, you just slot the gear lever in Drive and enjoy seamless power on every trip.

Hybrid: Two engines working in tandem

Riding in Hybrid Vehicle you’ll enjoy hearing more of what’s important as their hushed electric power delivers you around town. This electric hit blends seamlessly with efficient petrol-power at higher speeds and, at the moment you need it most, two become one – as both engines work in tandem – to power you ahead.

Your batteries are always charged in a Hybrid

There’s no need to worry about how far you’re travelling in Hybrid Vehicle, just fill up with fuel and continue on your way, just as you would in any conventional car. And when the battery does run low, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. And that’s not all, whenever you brake, energy is recycled to charge the battery too – so nothing gets wasted.

Easy on your wallet and the environment

Not only will you love being behind the wheel of a Hybrid, you’ll really appreciate just how much they save. Switching off engine as often as they can to save you fuel and money. And with low fuel-consumption comes low emissions. Hybrid vehicle boast some of the lowest CO2 emissions in their classes and, unlike any conventional cars, very low levels of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx).

HYBRID FAQ

Yes. Toyota hybrid vehicles offer the same level of quality as conventional vehicles.
Hybrid batteries have a long lifespan, and Toyota has sold over 8 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. Prius (3rd gen.) was voted the UK’s “Most reliable small family car” in 2014.
Source: Driver Power Survey 2014
Simply put, no. The Toyota hybrid system charges the battery in two ways: the gasoline engine drives the generator to charge the battery and regenerative braking recovers braking energy usually lost in conventional vehicles.
No. Everyday maintenance, such as putting air in the tires and checking the engine oil, is no different from conventional vehicles.
It is recommended that the power control unit coolant is inspected after 40,000 km and 80,000 km
No. You can drive hybrid vehicles just like a conventional vehicle.
Specialized operations, such as switching between the gasoline engine and electric motor, are all fully automated. Toyota’s hybrid system automatically optimizes operation and minimizes fuel consumption.
As with all batteries, lifespan can differ depending on usage and environmental conditions. The hybrid battery has an 8-year or 160,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.
The batteries in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles are efficient, corrosion-resistant units designed to last under normal use. Durability is maintained by precise ECU battery control
Toyota hybrid vehicles deliver the same level of safety performance as conventional vehicles, and all high-voltage parts are well protected to ensure there is no risk of electric shocks.
When strong impacts are detected by the vehicle’s sensor, the emergency shut- off system quickly blocks the high-voltage current.
Hybrid components are designed to shield electromagnetic waves, and emit approximately the same amount as conventional vehicles or electronic household appliances.
High-voltage parts and cables on hybrid vehicles incorporate electromagnetic shielding.
Toyota hybrid vehicles offer four key benefits: 1) World-class fuel economy
2) Low emissions
3) Exceptional quietness
4) Power
The Toyota hybrid system intelligently controls the power coming from the engine and motor and tells the vehicle how to combine them for the greatest efficiency and performance.
The Prius offers 26.1 km/L.
- GSO fuel efficiency economy standard: 26.1 km/L
- Actual fuel consumption may differ depending on driving situation

Other Toyota models:
- Camry 2AR-FE (2.5L) AT: 14.7 km/L
- Corolla 1ZR-FE (1.6L) CVT: 17.8 km/L
- Yaris 1NZ-FE (1.5L) AT: 17.5 km/L
(Above models are 16YM)
Conventional vehicles are fitted with hydraulic brakes, while Toyota hybrid vehicles adopt hydraulic brakes alongside unique regenerative brakes, which slow and stop the vehicle while recharging the hybrid battery.
During regenerative braking, the wheels operate the electric motor as a power generator, and the hybrid battery is charged.
Both hydraulic and regenerative braking are optimally controlled to ensure smooth feel and exceptional performance.
The system uses both braking mechanisms to ensure maximum energy recovery without sacrificing smooth, exceptional braking performance in any driving situation.
For general driving, the hybrid motor fills the role of an engine brake as it performs regenerative braking.
However, when shift position B is selected, releasing the accelerator will apply engine braking
This is due to regenerative braking when the brake pedal is depressed or as the accelerator pedal is released.
Specifically, the whirring is the sound of the energy from braking being converted into electricity.
Various sounds or vibrations may occur when the hybrid system is operating and are not signs of malfunction.
Examples:
- Snaps or soft clanks may be heard from the hybrid battery when starting or stopping
- Sounds may be heard from the transmission when the gasoline engine starts or stops, when driving at low speeds, or during idling
- Motor sounds may be heard from the engine compartment
When accelerating from a standstill, the motor alone powers the vehicle. The sound is from the motor’s Power Control Unit, which is masked by the sound of the engine during normal driving.
The Power Control Unit consists of an inverter, a Voltage-Boosting Converter and an AC/DC converter to run the vehicle on the electric motor.
This is due to the increased engine torque required to power the desired acceleration.
This sound is only noticeable because hybrid vehicles usually run very quietly.
It is not a malfunction. The buzzer and message activate to inform the driver when the charge remaining in the hybrid battery is low. When stopped for long periods of time with the shift lever in the N range the hybrid battery cannot be charged.
When parking, the shift lever should be in the P range.
This feeling comes from the momentum of the engine starting. While it may feel as though it is moving ahead slightly, it does not actually move forward.
When the engine starts, backward torque is generated on the wheel output axis due to engine resistance against the generator. To counteract this backward torque, forward torque is applied from the motor to prevent the vehicle from moving.
The engine installed in hybrid vehicles is designed to be effective on both city roads and highways. However, on highways, hybrid vehicles cannot take advantage of EV mode and idling stop function, meaning the increase in fuel efficiency is not as significant as on city roads.
The gasoline engine starts and stops automatically. However, it may not stop in certain conditions, such as when the hybrid battery is charging while parked.
Other examples:
- During gasoline engine warm up
- When the heater is switched on