Toyota electric vehicles

The benefits of driving on electric

Electric vehicles (EV) deliver another dimension in driving comfort and enjoyment. Electric motors offer not only a silent and refined ride but also immediate torque, for seamless, instant acceleration.

Whether accessing ultra-low emission areas or congestion charge zones, zero-emission EVs give you the freedom of the city again. Discover the benefits of driving an EV.

Good for the environment

Toyota EVs use zero fossil fuel. That makes them zero-emission vehicles, meaning they produce no harmful CO2 emissions or NOx gases from their tailpipes. And being greener, most cities will allow you to drive into low-emission areas and congestion charge zones without penalty. By contributing towards improved air quality, EVs make our cities a cleaner, more pleasant place for everyone.

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An electrifying drive

When you drive an EV, it's not just the environment that benefits, you'll have lots of fun too. Unlike conventional petrol or diesel cars, EVs deliver maximum torque (think of it as pulling power) instantly. No waiting for engine revs to rise, or gears to engage, just a wave of prompt, uninterrupted acceleration for an enjoyable drive. Because there's no internal combustion engine and batteries are placed low in the vehicle, EVs offer a smooth, silent ride and responsive handling.

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Lower ownership costs

An EV can often save you money over its lifetime, whether through lower taxes and fuel costs or, as in many countries, government incentives. EVs also need less maintenance and servicing than a conventional vehicle. Just two components power a Toyota EV, a motor and battery, meaning no oil and filter changes and, with fewer moving parts, less wear and tear. They also feature regenerative braking (essentially recharging the battery when you coast and brake), so brake pads and discs last longer, too.

Lower ownership costs
Staying charged

Whether you’re charging overnight at home, on your office’s dedicated wall box or at one of the growing number of rapid chargers, recharging your EV is convenient and easy.

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Quick charging Rapid charging points can be found in public locations, from motorways service stations to petrol stations and supermarkets.
As a guide, these highly efficient units recharge a Toyota Proace Electric’s 50 kWh battery in just 0.5 hours*.
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Dedicated wall box charging These are the most common wall chargers, found in residential garages, driveways and many office car parks. These dedicated units are faster to charge than a domestic socket, and many provide data on the power your EV is being supplied.
For comparison, the same Proace Electric’s 50 kWh battery is fully charged in 4.75 hours* here.
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Domestic charging Even without a dedicated wall box, it’s still possible to charge an EV from a household socket, even though this isn’t our recommended solution. Domestic charging is perfectly safe but it is recommended to have the socket checked for suitability by a certified electrician.
In this scenario, our Proace Electric’s 50 kWh battery would be charged in 23-28 hours*

*Indicative charging times as subject to local circumstances

Know your range
How realistic are quoted EV range figures?

We use a new EU-developed test cycle called WLTP – which replace the older NEDC test – to validate EV’s range figures. These are representative of what you could expect in real-world driving situations.

How is an EV’s range impacted?

Just as in any conventionally powered petrol or diesel car, many different factors can impact the range of an EV. These include driving style, speed, acceleration, terrain, temperature, use of heating and ventilation, load weight and energy recovered through regenerative braking.

How do I know how far I can travel?

The range of a Toyota EV is displayed via the driver’s TFT screen or central multimedia display. This figure is generated from recent driving history, the state of battery charge and driving conditions. Whilst driving, the range will adjust in real-time to reflect the current energy consumption.

How can I maximise my driving range?

Like a petrol or diesel car, there are simple ways to maximise your driving range, from using the heating and air conditioning less to removing unnecessary loads from your trunk. Additionally, there are a few other range-extending tips for driving an EV.

o Use your vehicle’s meters: See how much energy you’re using and make small adjustments to your driving style to reduce your consumption.
o Drive using ‘Eco’ mode: Where possible, this will make your EV prioritise economy over performance to enhance range.
o Select ‘B’ on your gear lever: B stands for Braking and means your EV will promote a higher level of regenerative braking, slowing the vehicle quicker when you lift off the accelerator and sending harnessed energy back into the battery.
o Use cabin pre-conditioning: This means the cabin will be either pre-heated or pre-cooled by the power source it’s plugged into, reducing energy consumption on the move.

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Informed and in control

Toyota EVs offer a range of unique features and connectivity to keep you informed on the go. Dedicated EV figures and general driving information are displayed on the driver’s combi-meter and TFT screen. Here you’ll find everything from electric consumption and battery capacity to charging programmes and remaining range. A battery status indicator light located inside the charging lid also provides an easy way to check the charging condition.

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Driving electric FAQs

Is eco-driving possible in an EV?

Eco-driving in an EV is a way of driving that minimises energy consumption and maximises range.
Selecting ‘Eco’ mode is a way of saving energy by reducing motor output and throttle pedal response. It’s ideal in the city where speeds are lower and less power is required.
Correctly inflated and well-maintained tyres are not only an essential safety requirement, they also reduce energy consumption and enhance your EV’s efficiency.

What areas need regular maintenance in an EV?

Like a petrol or diesel vehicle, wear and tear items such as tyres, brakes, wipers and bulbs will need replacing over time. EVs also require a periodic coolant change, to ensure the battery continues to work at its optimum.

How much does it cost to charge an EV?

Electricity is priced by kWh (kilowatt-hour), and the price you pay is dependent on where you charge and cost of the electricity there. To estimate the cost of a full battery charge, multiply the price per kWh with the capacity of your EV’s battery.

How can I charge my EV if I don’t have access at home?

On-street: Many local councils have already begun installing kerbside charging points for residents who don’t have driveways or garages.
Public places: There is a growing network of public charge points being installed across Europe, many of which are free to use.
Workplace: Many governments now offer grants to businesses wishing to install charge points at their premises.

Will my EV’s battery performance degrade over time?

Unfortunately, all batteries degrade will degrade over time, however in EVs this loss is minimal.

Do EVs cost the same as conventional vehicles?

While prices for EVs are higher than conventional vehicles, their lower running costs and tax benefits often mean their Total Cost of Ownership is lower. When you add in government purchase incentives, the advantage can often be even greater.

Do all EVs have the same charging plugs?

When EVs first came on to the market, there were a few different charging standards. Thankfully this is now being gradually phased out, and most manufacturers now adopt the European standard Type 2 and CCS sockets.

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