What Is A Hybrid?

Toyota Hybrids 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.

The battery in our Hybrids is as important as the engine.Without it, you won’t be going anywhere.
That’s why we lovingly engineer each and every battery to live as long as the rest of the car.

Nothing makes us prouder to know that these batteries have been powering everyday lives, all around the world, since 1997.

Our Hybrids take urban life in their stride.
Without confining your lifestyle to the city limits.
Gliding along on smooth electric power, our Hybrids were born to take the tension out of your city commute.

So when it’s time for the weekend pursuit, you’ll be all charged up and ready to take advantage of the freedom to roam.

Every family is made up of different personalities. The same can be said of Hybrid.

You can tackle the urban commute with our compact Yaris Hybrid, turn on the style with Auris Hybrid hatchback, express your sense of adventure with Auris Touring Sports, bring everyone together in the seven-seat Prius, or keep it original with the innovator of Hybrid: The Prius.

Our Hybrid story began back in 1997. The word spread and now over eight million Hybrid drivers are on the same page.
From the roads to the racetracks, our Hybrids are continuing to grow in performance and popularity.

Over the next two years you will see the arrival of a number of new Hybrid models around the world.

Born in the era of the MP3. Hybrid arrived ahead of its time.
Some weren’t ready for it, they thought Hybrid was a thing of the future. But our reliable Hybrids have been in the present for nearly two decades, ready for the here and now.

Throughout this journey, over seven million drivers have embraced a future with Hybrid.

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.

Fuel Economy You’ll Appreciate

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 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 50km/h.

Batteries The Never Need To Be Plugged In

There’s no need to worry about how far you’re travelling in our Hybrid cars, just fill up with fuel and continue on your way, just as you would in any conventional car. And when the battery does run low, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. And that’s not all, whenever you brake, energy is recycled to charge the battery too – so nothing gets wasted.

A Quiet Feeling of Tranquility

When you select the electric EV-mode on our hybrid cars you'll notice something quite special – nothing at all! The silence and sheer tranquility 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 50km/h 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.


How often do Hybrid batteries need replacing?

The batteries in our Hybrid cars are designed to last the lifetime of the car. You will notice two things when it's time to replace a battery. The engine will run almost constantly, even under light acceleration, and your fuel economy will drop off significantly. Your car will still run with a dead battery but a new one will keep it running like new for years.

From new, all Hybrid components benefit from our five-year/100,000km* warranty. When your Hybrid passes its Hybrid Health Check, it will be eligible for a further one-year/15,000km* of Hybrid Battery Extended Care. *Whichever is soonest.

Can I replace a Hybrid battery beyond warranty?

It is possible to replace a Hybrid battery beyond its warranty. Prices vary depending on model as outlined below. Please contact your local dealer for more details.

Yaris Hybrid - ££835.86
Auris/Touring sports Hybrid - £927.89
RAV hybrid – £1200.27
Prius - £927.89
New Prius – Pricing information not yet available
Prius Plug in - £4708.19
Prius plus - £2868.01

Can the Hybrid battery be recycled?

Yes. Your nearest Toyota Authorised Repairer can help in the removal and disposal of the hybrid battery. Since the EU Directive 2006/66/EC was adopted in 2006, the final treatment companies responsible for recycling our nickel metal hydride batteries found in cars like our Yaris Hybrid, are legally required to meet a target recycle weight of 50%.

What happens if my battery runs out of charge?

There’s no fear of a Toyota Hybrid running out of charge as it charges itself as you drive. The sophisticated system continually monitors the petrol engine and battery and seamlessly switches between each when necessary.

Is it expensive to service a Hybrid?

It costs about the same to service a hybrid as a conventional Toyota and can be carried out by any Toyota Authorised Repairer. In fact, some parts like brake pads may in fact wear less due to the benefits of a Hybrid’s regenerative braking.

Can a Hybrid continue to run on electricity when it runs out of fuel?

No. Although our full-Hybrids are designed to operate in electric-only modes, they have not been designed to run without petrol. Doing so could cause severe damage to the Hybrid system.