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Driving a Toyota Hybrid

Hybrids Explained
Life’s Simpler than you think with a Toyota Hybrid. No Cables, no sockets, no waiting around – just jump behind the wheel and go.

What is a Hybrid

A Hybrid is classed as any car that runs off 2 different power sources. In the case of Toyota Hybrids, they run on a petrol engine and a electrical engine. Hybrid cars emit 40% less Co2 than standard cars and Hybrids are also up to 20% more fuel efficient.


Hybrids drive in 3 different modes


when this occurs the car drives exclusively on battery while at the same time charges the battery. Charge mode engages when the car is either braking or coasting. All hybrids now come with regenerative braking, which means that the energy extracted from the breaks is used to charge the battery.


Eco mode

Eco mode is a combination of both the petrol engine and the battery engine. Hybrid seamlessly switches between engine  and electric motor as needed, allowing regular intervals of electric driving. 


Power mode

This is used only when the car needs a bit of power from the petrol engine, it exclusivly uses just the petrol engine. Power mode kicks in when taking off or when you need an extra bit of power to built up speed. 





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What is a Hybrid

Benefits of owning a Hybrid

Fuel Efficiency

Similar to an energy saving light bulb which uses less electricity to produce the same amount of light, the hybrid powertrain uses less fuel as the battery kicks in so you’re not wasting fuel.


EV Mode - The near silent running in all-electric mode contributes to more peaceful surroundings and keeping noise pollution under control. The silent electric drive is of particular benefit in the morning or late at night in residential areas, in underground parking, etc.



Hybrid Synergy Drive delivers driving performance that can only be experienced with a full hybrid vehicle.  During acceleration, the high-output electric motor delivers a response better than is possible with most gasoline vehicles. 
The results: smooth acceleration with no shift shock and sustained acceleration power.  The acceleration performance compares to that of conventional 2l engine vehicles.



Hybrid customers engage with their vehicles.  When the needle of the hybrid system indicator is in the CHARGE or ECO areas, the eco drive indicator light illuminates to inform the driver that the vehicle is being driven in an ecologically friendly manner. It also reduces driver stress, there are less accidents and driver satisfaction is high.


Low Emissions

  1. 40% less Co2 than same size petrol engine
  2. 1/10th of the NOx returned by diesal vehicals and No Particulate Matter emissions
  3. 0 emissions when running on electric power


  1. Regenerative Breaking accounts for 60% of the breaking of the car - this means that there is a lot less wear and tear on the break pads and they dont need to be replaced as often. Also the brake discs last much longer. A potential saving of over €600
  2. As the Auris Hybrid is more evenly balanced there is less tyre wear meaning that you can extend the life of your tyres. A potential saving of over €400
  3. cost of servicing - Hybrid vehicles are the same price to service as a conventional car
  4. Very reliable - less than 2% of warranty cost of the Prius is related to the hybrid components



Myths about Hybrids

"Hybrid is the same as driving a conventional car"

With its revolutionary automatic CVT transmission, the Auris Hybrid is a completely new driving experience. From the smooth flow of petrol power on the open road to silent running on electric power in the city, it’s an experience that is uniquely rewarding


"Hybrid is the same as an Electric car"

An electric car is powered exclusively by electricity (one power source) whereby a hybrid vehicle is fuelled by petrol and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency (two power sources)


"You have to plug in a Hybrid to charge it"

You don’t need to plug it in to charge the car – it charges as you drive and brake which is known as Regenerative Braking. This means that if you’re approaching a junction and brake for 300 metres, you can recycle enough energy to drive again for 300 metres without the need to use the petrol engine.


"Hybrid is a fad and lacks power"

The first Toyota Hybrid car went on sale in Japan in 1997 and globally in 2001.  Over 3 million Toyota hybrid vehicles have been sold since then, with more and more being introduced.  So it’s been around for 15 years - not much of a fad! The Auris Hybrid has a 1.8l engine and 136bhp.


"Hybrid components can be more expensive than conventional car parts"

While the hybrid components can be more expensive these rarely need to be replaced - less than 2% of the warranty cost of the Prius is related to the hybrid components - very reliable.


"Hybrid is only for Eco warriors"

When it was initially launched hybrid cars appealed to mostly ecologically minded people, however, the cost savings and driving experience mean that the Auris Hybrid appeals to a wide range of people.


"Because it has two power sources you have to service it twice"

It doesn’t need any extra servicing, the Auris Hybrid, as with a conventional car, should be serviced every 15,000km or every year whichever occurs first, this is in line with the manufacturer’s specification.


“Hybrids don’t hold their value like conventional cars”

The residual value of hybrids is just the same as conventional cars and in some cases can be as much as 5% higher.


“Diesel is more economical than Hybrid”

As hybrid vehicles use less fuel due to their dual power source, and with the ever increasing cost of diesel, as well as a lower total cost of ownership, hybrid vehicles are more economical than diesel vehicles over the life cycle of the car.


“Hybrid batteries cost a fortune and have to be replaced regularly

The battery is designed to last the life of the vehicle – some US owners have already passed 250,000 miles!




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