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Owning a Hybrid Car FIND OUT MORE

So, What are the Benefits of Owning a Hybrid Car?

The biggest advantage of choosing a Toyota hybrid is that it uses electric power in conjunction with a petrol engine. This means it delivers greater fuel-efficiency and produces lower CO2 emissions than a purely fuel-driven vehicle.

The Toyota Yaris hybrid, for example, returns as much as 85.6mpg and produces emissions as low as 75g/km.

A hybrid car provides a smooth driving experience too, whether travelling at high or low speeds. The battery recharges whenever the vehicle is in motion by utilising kinetic energy. Both engines are turned off whenever the vehicle comes to a standstill, ensuring that no energy whatsoever is wasted.

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Hybrid technology was being developed as far back as the mid-1970s. The first Toyota hybrid was the Prius, which made its debut in 1997. Since then more than ten million drivers have enjoyed Toyota’s hybrid cars.

When you choose a hybrid car from Johnsons Toyota, you can do so safe in the knowledge that it is a ‘full’ hybrid. This means that the petrol engine and electric motor work together, or operate independently of one another.

A hybrid car isn’t a niche purchase. We stock a wide range of hybrid vehicles to suit all kinds of tastes, from the Yaris supermini to compact crossovers such as the RAV4.

Free Hybrid Health Check FIND OUT MORE

Free Hybrid Health Check

At Johnsons Toyota, our expert technicians understand exactly what makes a Toyota hybrid tick; we’ve had several years of experience, after all.

Whenever we carry out an inspection, we quickly detect any issues and put them right straight away.

Our highly trained crew is happy to pass on the information too, empowering you to help keep your hybrid vehicle running like clockwork.

Our Hybrid Health Check costs just £45 – or comes free as part of the overall maintenance plan that we offer.

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Hybrid Fun Facts

A hybrid car doesn’t need to be plugged in to recharge the battery. This might be true of electric-only vehicles but a hybrid's battery recharges every time the car moves or brakes.

The difference in price between a hybrid and conventional model is marginal, while servicing costs amount to roughly the same for each.

Toyota hybrids are easy to use. Each Toyota hybrid features keyless start, making access and engine ignition easy for the driver. All models are fitted with automatic transmission too, making them very simple to drive. A Toyota hybrid also provides a very smooth motoring experience, and the transition between petrol and electric-only power is barely noticeable.

At Johnsons Toyota, we feature a supermini, two family hatchbacks and a pair of SUVs among our range of hybrid vehicles. There’s a hybrid Toyota to suit every lifestyle.

How Long does the Battery Last?

A Toyota hybrid’s electric motor has been created to last as long as the vehicle itself. Thanks to regenerative energy, the battery recharges whenever the car is in motion, producing reserves of power, while negating the need to pay regular visits to the petrol station.

All of our Toyota vehicles come with a five-year manufacturer warranty, which covers the battery too. By taking advantage of our yearly Hybrid Health Check, this warranty is extended for another 12 months (or 10,000 miles), which means the battery can be covered for up to eleven years.

Charging your Toyota hybrid

While a hybrid car can travel using electric power only, it always has a conventional petrol engine to rely upon.

One of many great things about a owning a hybrid vehicle is that it uses regenerative charging, which tops up power while it’s on the go, and whenever brakes are applied.

Simply put, there is no need to use a domestic power source or charging station with a hybrid vehicle. The same cannot be said of an all-electric car, which does not have a petrol engine to fall back on.

Which is Best: Hybrid or Petrol?

The simple answer is: hybrid – It offers the best of both worlds. An electric-only car must be charged on a regular basis, while fuel-driven vehicles are generally more expensive to run. Typically, at least half of all trips in a hybrid car can be made in electric-only mode. The more you drive in and around a town or city, the less likely you will be to rely on petrol-powered motoring.

Of course, a significant increase in speed, or motorway cruising, will mean that the car’s petrol engine will be called into action.

Are Hybrid Cars Really Environmentally Friendly?

Yes. Whenever a hybrid car is driven in electric-only mode, zero CO2 emissions are produced. Naturally, the amount of emissions produced will depend on the vehicle that is driven, and the driver’s motoring habits. A smaller hybrid that is predominantly driven in and around a city or town can be powered using the electric battery only. On the other hand, an SUV typically consumes more fuel than a city car. In any case, any hybrid driven on longer motorway journeys will emit CO2 gases.

All things being equal, a hybrid car certainly produces fewer emissions, and it’s something that Toyota is fully committed to improving upon even more. In fact, the Japanese marque’s target is to reduce emissions by 90 percent by 2050.

Tell Me More about Fuel-Efficiency and Mileage…

On average, a hybrid car is much more efficient than a fuel-driven one. That said, there are many variables to consider: the size of the car and where it is typically driven, for example.

A hybrid vehicle mostly used around town will be able to operate almost entirely in electric-only mode, which means that the miles-per-gallon figure will be very favourable.

When travelling by motorway, the conventional petrol engine will be engaged, and the car will act just like a normal fuel-driven car.

A useful comparison: the petrol-fuelled Yaris manages up to 65.7mpg (combined), while its hybrid-powered counterpart returns as much as 85.6mpg.

Is a Hybrid Car Affordable to Run?

There are at least two ways of looking at this. As mentioned already, a hybrid vehicle ensures that fuel savings are made, since a large part of urban driving can be done using just the electric battery. Moreover, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rules changed from April 2017, resulting in a hybrid car being taxed £10 less than a conventional vehicle, for which VED is £140 per year.

Motorists in London can benefit further: a hybrid car that produces less than 75g/km of CO2 will likely be exempt from the UK capital’s Congestion Charge.

You might be wondering about the servicing implications of owning a hybrid. Overall, maintaining a hybrid car is no more expensive than servicing a petrol or diesel-fuelled vehicle.

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If you have any questions about hybrid technology and Toyota’s hybrid cars in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’re always happy to help. If a specific Toyota hybrid interests you, then please contact us today to book your test drive.