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How do hybrids work

  • Switching seamlessly between power sources automatically, a full Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicle gives you the flexibility to drive using electric energy, or a blend of petrol and electric combined.

    Toyota hybrids always use the electric motors to drive the vehicle, whilst the petrol engine supplies power to electric motors when needed and supports a generator to charge the hybrid battery too.

    Toyota hybrids not only save you fuel and money, but they also offer lower CO2 emissions when compared to conventional engines.


  • Toyota Hybrid components

    Learn how a hybrid car's conventional 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 with the petrol engine off except to support the electric motor or convert excess power into electricity, which can be stored in the battery for later use.

  • How do hybrid cars work during heavy acceleration?

    Both the conventional 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.

  • How do hybrid cars work when reaching a complete stop?

    Both the conventional engine and electric motor turn off and the car switches to battery power to run everything it needs to – radio, air conditioning, lights etc.

For more information see Toyota Verification.