Hybrid vehicles fully utilize the strength of the two different power sources. Toyota hybrid vehicles use both the petrol engine and electric motor depending on the driving conditions, achieving efficient driving under any circumstances.
Toyota Hybrids use the electric motor alone for start-off and low- to mid-range acceleration. Allowing the engine to remain off during this time helps save fuel. When cruising, HSD will automatically and efficiently combine the power of the petrol engine and electric motor in accordance with driving conditions. Furthermore, when the vehicle comes to rest, the engine is turned off to reduce fuel consumption during idling.
The latest technologies have been applied to the engine to reduce harmful substances in exhaust gas. In addition, the electric motor reduces load on the engine during driving, thus contributing to low emissions. When running solely on the electric motor, the engine is turned off to further reduce emissions. Furthermore, the idle stop function significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
By combining a high-torque electric motor with a gas/petrol engine, Toyota hybrid vehicles provide instant and powerful start-off acceleration. When cruising, the engine and motor both drive the wheels: engine power is split between the wheels and an electric generator, which in turn drives the motor.
The motor acts as a generator, driven by the car's wheels. This ‘regenerative braking system’ recovers kinetic energy as electrical energy, which is stored in the hybrid vehicle battery. Electricity is also produced by the petrol engine while driving. Hybrid vehicles run on regular petrol, and never need to be plugged in for recharging.