Why Toyota Self-Charging Hybrid?

For over 20 years we’ve been part of a quiet revolution. Around the world a growing movement of like-minded people – young and old – have made a choice.

Standing over 10 million strong they are united in saying, we choose hybrid. Our history with hybrid cars began in 1997 with the pioneering Prius. Famous for its environmentally friendly credentials, it inspired early buyers who could see the potential of hybrid technology.

It's time to leave the old way of driving behind. Toyota Hybrid cars save fuel, reduce emissions and even recharge their batteries without being plugged in. You might think they are complicated to own, yet the opposite is true – they are designed to make your life easier. Find out exactly what is a hybrid car and how they work right here.

Life’s easier with Hybrid

There's nothing complicated about driving a Toyota Hybrid Car. See how Toyota's designed them to be as easy to live with as any conventional car in the video on the right.

Double the power, double the response

Our Hybrids comprise two engines: one petrol, one electric. They work together to deliver smooth power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. Should you need any extra performance – for instance, when you're overtaking – simply press the Power button and enjoy an immediate reply.

Intelligent power whatever the journey

Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.
Deceleration and Braking: The system recycles kinetic energy to charge the battery.
Overtaking: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.

Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted when idling.

What is a hybrid car's fuel economy like?

It’s no secret that, on most cars, driving in the city increases fuel costs. Hybrids don't behave like most cars. For a start, they recycle energy and have two engines working in harmony to deliver figures as impressively low as 3 litres of petrol consumed per 62miles/100km. A noticeable return indeed and one that can be further reduced when driving in Eco Mode. Of course, if you want to eliminate that figure completely, simply select electric EV-mode, go easy on the pedal and you won’t use a single drop when accelerating up to 30mph

A quiet feeling of tranquillity

When you select the electric EV-mode on our hybrid cars you'll notice something quite special – nothing at all! The silence and sheer tranquillity of the engine really is something you have to experience to believe. Electric EV-mode also produces zero emissions and provides an ultra-smooth ride. In fact, it’s a very calm place to be.

Low emissions you can't ignore

The perfect partnership of an electric motor and a petrol engine means our Hybrid emissions start as small as 70g per km, which is an amazingly low statistic for a family car. In fact, when driving in electric EV-mode, they can drive up to 30mph without producing any emissions whatsoever – you’d find more CO2 in a spent balloon.

Plug-in for even more zero-emission journeys

Think of a plug-in Hybrid as an electric car and a Hybrid rolled into one. With all the benefits of our Hybrid models, but boasting an extended electric driving range for even more zero-emission journeys, a Plug-in Hybrid is even kinder to your wallet and the environment.