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Toyota Hybrid FAQs

Leave the old way of driving behind

The Toyota Hybrid range is now available to explore at Snows


The world of Toyota Hybrids is innovative, smart and refined. As a pioneer in hybrid technology, Toyota have revolutionised the automotive market for over 23 years, as well as saving more than 120 million tonnes of CO2 worldwide. As the owner of a Toyota hybrid, you will not only save on fuel, money and CO2, but also time, as self-charging Hybrids never need to be plugged in.

Want to know more about hybrid vehicles? Simply click below to view our most frequently asked questions and have us answer your concerns:

What is a Hybrid?

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Toyota Hybrids are known as ‘hybrid-electric’, as they use a petrol engine and an electric motor. These two engines can operate independently as well as working in tandem.

When driving, Toyota Hybrids can use electric power to pull away and even cruise at speeds up to 31 mph. As a result, you have zero fuel consumption, zero tailpipe emissions and a near-silent drive for up to 50% of your journey! To find out more, contact your nearest Snows Toyota team and we will be happy to answer your query.

Why are Toyota models not fully electric?​

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Demand for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) is still relatively low – 4.7% of UK car sales last year were BEVs, according to the SMMT. Whilst they do have a place in the future of zero emissions mobility, most people are still buying traditional diesel and petrol vehicles. Hybrids are perfect for those who want to reduce their emissions, but aren’t ready/able to make the switch to plug-in vehicles.

Why don’t Toyota do petrol?

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Some Toyota models are available with a traditional petrol engine, like Aygo, Supra and the recently discontinued GT86. Over 60% of the cars that Toyota sold in the UK last year were hybrids though. We are seeing demand for them increase year on year. 

Why is a hybrid more expensive than petrol?

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Toyota hybrids, like Corolla, Prius, RAV4, C-HR and All New Yaris are fitted with the latest, fourth generation hybrid technology, enabling the driver to get better fuel economy over a petrol equivalent, and run in EV mode at speeds of up to 70mph (for the All New Yaris). Toyota hybrids also come with an automatic (CVT) transmission as standard, as well as Toyota Safety Sense, which are usually costly options on other vehicles.

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Do Hybrid cars need to be charged?

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Toyota Hybrids feature pioneering, self-charging battery technology. When the battery runs low in a Toyota Hybrid, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. That’s not all. Our hybrids feature regenerative braking, so when you brake or coast, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery for later.

How long do hybrid batteries last?

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The pioneering battery technology in a Toyota Hybrid is engineered to last. And because most Toyota Hybrid batteries are self-charging, they never need to be plugged in to be recharged. All hybrid components, including the hybrid battery, come with Toyota’s 5-year/100,000m* warranty from new.

What is the range of a Toyota hybrid?

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Unlike a pure electric vehicle, a Toyota Hybrid has a self-charging hybrid battery that charges from the engine and when braking or coasting, so there is no need to worry about battery range.

In addition, they have a similar driving range comparable to petrol and diesel cars so when you run low on fuel, you simply refill and continue on your way.

Are hybrids good for motorway driving?

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Thanks to the combination of the petrol engine and electric motor, Toyota Hybrids more than hold their own on the motorway. The two power sources work together to give your car a boost whether at higher speed or when performing an overtake and is efficient, quiet and comfortable when cruising.

And Toyota doesn’t stop there. We constantly review and improve existing engines while also ensuring newer engines are rolled out so that Toyota Hybrids are tuned for even more effortless motorway cruising, offering a combination of performance and low emissions that conventional engines can’t match.

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To find out all things Toyota hybrid, you can explore our full range by selecting below, or why not contact your nearest Snows dealership to speak with our team directly!

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