The benefits of buying hybrid-electric

Making the change to hybrid electric motoring is an essential requirement for all drivers, with the UK government already looking to cease the sale of petrol and diesel models by 2035. While this push is to help reduce the volume of harmful CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere, there are plenty of other reasons and advantages to making the change. For example, you can experience more affordable running costs and lower road tax, as well as the added benefit of fewer mechanical issues that may impact performance.

Key benefits

  • Improved running costs
  • Lower CO2 emissions and road tax
  • Fewer mechanical issues
  • Government grants to support buying


Our frequently asked questions will enable you to learn even more about switching to hybrid-electric power.

Do you have to charge a Hybrid-Electric car?


There is no need to plug in and charge a Hybrid-Electric car.

Toyota Hybrids feature pioneering, self-charging battery technology. That means when the battery runs low in a Toyota Hybrid, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. So, you can always drive with confidence.

But that’s not all. Toyota Hybrids feature regenerative braking, so when you brake or coast, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery for later.

Remember, the Prius Plug-in and RAV4 Plug-in can be plugged in to charge the battery and run for an extended range using electricity alone.

What is the range of a Hybrid-Electric?


Unlike pure electric vehicles, a Toyota Hybrid has a self-charging hybrid battery that charges from the engine and when braking or coasting. So, there is no need to worry about the battery range.

In addition, Hybrid-Electric vehicles have a similar driving range comparable to petrol and diesel cars. So, when you run low on fuel, you simply refill and continue on your way.​

Are Hybrids OK for motorway driving?


Thanks to the combination of the electric motors and an efficient petrol engine, Toyota Hybrids more than hold their own on the motorway. The two power sources work together to give your car a boost whether at higher speed or when performing an overtake and is efficient, quiet and comfortable when cruising.

What's the best Hybrid for me?


Toyota pioneered hybrid technology with the Prius in 1997. Today, as the hybrid leader with over 15 million hybrid drivers around the world, we offer a range of distinctive models to suit every lifestyle, from hybrid SUVs to hybrid city cars.

Whether it’s the appeal of the dynamic C-HR Hybrid crossover or a stylish Yaris Hybrid city car, an all-wheel-drive RAV4 Hybrid or a spacious Corolla Hybrid Touring Sports, we’re confident Toyota has the best hybrid car for you.

Do Hybrid-Electric cars need servicing?


Yes. All vehicles, regardless of energy source, require servicing according to its specified schedule, as found in the vehicle handbook.

A hybrid car is no more expensive to maintain than any other vehicle. Hybrid engines still need regular oil changes like any other car, but the hybrid battery and system don’t need any other special servicing.

Are Hybrids fun to drive?


Thanks to the combination of powerful electric motors and a responsive petrol engine, Toyota Hybrid cars are brilliant fun to drive. The electric motor delivers an instant hit of torque (or pulling power) when you accelerate at low speeds, while at higher speeds or when overtaking on the motorway, it works in tandem with the petrol engine for a satisfying boost of power.

Coupled with a design that gives you a more rigid body, Toyota Hybrids give you added cornering stability and handling for your driving enjoyment.

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