Do currently available Hybrids need to be plugged in?

You do not need to plug in to recharge the batteries. These are charged automatically as you drive along.

What happens if I run out of charge when I’m out and about?

A Toyota Hybrid car doesn't have to be charged as it charges itself automatically as you drive. The car chooses the most efficient use of both the petrol engine and the electric battery, seamlessly switching and blending between the two where necessary, just make sure you don’t run out of petrol!

Is maintenance more expensive with a Hybrid?

Find out more here.

How often do Hybrid batteries need replacing?

Hybrid batteries are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. It is extremely unlikely that a battery will need replacing. In the unlikely event that the Hybrid battery does need to be replaced and the warranty has expired. An annual Hybrid Health Check at a Toyota Dealer is the best way to ensure you are safeguarding the health of your vehicle for years to come.

Is it true that the materials and air miles for shipping batteries for Hybrid cars outweighs the environmental impact of not using fuel in the car over it's lifetime?

In a word, no. We use an internationally recognised process called Lifecycle Assessment. In the lifetime of any car the emissions that are generated by driving account for approximately 90% of the total. Manufacturing, shipping, scrapping and recycling account for the other 10%. Therefore a technology which saves fuel will see a saving in emissions overall. So a Toyota Hybrid is more environmentally friendly than its petrol/diesel equivalent over the full life cycle.

How much would a typical car owner save every year on fuel costs by using a Hybrid car instead of a standard engine car of the same size?

It is impossible to give exact comparison because everyone has different driving styles, uses different roads, encounters more or less traffic etc., however it is fair to assume a Hybrid will deliver a 30-40% saving in running costs.

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