The automatic transmission and the self-charging Hybrid system constantly optimise the source of power. The petrol engine and the electric motor work together to deliver extra power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. When driving in all electric EV-mode, it can go from 0-50 km/h without producing any emissions whatsoever.
Our Hybrid battery is not like a standard car battery, but a much more sophisticated component which has been designed and engineered by Toyota to last – and keep working – for the entire lifetime of your car. Unlike a pure electric ‘plug-in’ vehicle that needs to have its battery recharged after a long journey, a Hybrid battery continually recharges itself when your car is in motion. It does this as you drive, through the car wheels turning; and even when you use your brakes, through a process called ‘regenerative energy’.
In effect, Hybrid cars are like small generators, continually topping their battery power up with electricity and then using it to power the electric engine - and saving on fuel costs.
Find out How Toyota self-charging Hybrid electric cars work