Reasons to drive electric

Please read on to learn more about the advantages of all-electric motoring.

Zero-emission driving – Wherever you travel in a 100% electric car, you’ll do so while producing zero harmful emissions.
More space – Electric vehicles (EVs) benefit from the lack of a transmission tunnel, which means they have a flat floor that creates more space for passengers.
Maintenance costs – With a 100% electric vehicle, you’ll find that servicing costs are lower overall. This is because an electric powertrain features fewer moving parts than a combustion engine and is less likely to malfunction. Brake pads tend to last longer too because EVs use regenerative braking. Also, EVs don’t need oil.
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Types of electric/hybrid vehicles explained

An electrified Toyota is not only kinder to the environment, its efficient powertrain ensures that it’s affordable to run.

    Electric An EV such as the Toyota bZ4X is powered solely by electricity. This means it’s super-efficient and produces no harmful emissions whatsoever. And, while electric cars require manual charging, this is easily achievable at home, at work or at a public charging station.
    Plug-in hybrid Plug-in hybrids such as Toyota RAV4 PHEV offer the best of combustion-engined and electric motoring worlds. PHEVs are very cost-effective to run, produce low CO2 emissions levels and offer a range of (in the RAV4’s case) up to 46 miles. As with electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids require manual charging.
    Hybrid A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) features an electric motor which enhances the performance and efficiency of its combustion engine. HEVs also offer self-charging convenience.
    Mild hybrid Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) are much like FHEVs but don’t offer any kind of electric-driving capacity. However, they deliver all the other FHEV advantages, such an efficient motoring experience and a self-charging battery.


    If we haven’t answered your specific electric query in our frequently asked questions below, please don’t hesitate to contact the Toyota Liverpool, Southport or Wirral showroom team.

    Are electric cars automatic?


    The vast majority of electric cars are automatic, yes.

    What is a hybrid car?


    A hybrid car is similar to a regular car but benefits from an electric motor, which is powered by a self-charging battery. This provides the engine with extra support, enabling instant torque, for example.

    What is a plug-in hybrid car?


    A plug-in hybrid car offers an advantage over most hybrids in that it provides a significant all-electric range, as much as 46 miles where the Toyota RAV4 PHEV is concerned. Consequently, plug-in hybrid vehicles ensure excellent fuel economy while producing low emissions.

    How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?


    The Toyota bZ4X takes about 54 minutes to undergo a 20% to 80% charge when using a rapid-charging (50kW) public connector.

    Should I buy an electrified car?


    It offers a great way to save money on everyday motoring while contributing towards a cleaner, greener environment. If you’re at all unsure, please contact your local Johnsons Cars Toyota team for impartial advice.

    How does an electric car work?


    An electric car is fitted with an electric motor which serves as the vehicle’s sole source of energy. The motor is powered by a high-capacity battery which requires external charging – this can be done at home, at work and out and about.

    How does a hybrid car work?


    A hybrid car uses an electric motor (powered by a self-charging battery) to provide instant torque and other combustion-engined enhancements.

    Are electric cars better for the environment?


    Definitely. The Toyota bZ4X, for example, produces zero harmful emissions.