Why isn’t the all new Toyota Yaris electric?
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.
Take a look at real hybrid test drive data to see how well they perform on the road, and how much time they can spend in electric mode:
Toyota have sold over 15,000,000 hybrids, and last year, over 60% of Toyota sales in the UK were hybrids. Clearly there is demand for them.
Toyota have even revealed our electrification strategy in 2017, which includes BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs and FCEVs:
Why don’t you do petrol?
Some models are available with a traditional petrol engine, like Aygo, Supra and the recently discontinued GT86. Over 60% of the cars we sold in the UK last year were hybrids though. We are seeing demand for them increase year on year. Our hybrid technology has been proven over many years and forms a key part of our journey to zero emissions, and the benefits for driver enjoyment and air quality are clear:
Why is a hybrid more expensive than petrol?
Our 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). Our hybrids also come as standard with an automatic (CVT) transmission, as well as Toyota Safety Sense, which are usually costly options on other vehicles.