Do I need to plug-in my Toyota Hybrid to charge it up?
There’s often some confusion between hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles and
that’s because both types of vehicle have an electric engine and a rechargeable
battery ‘under the bonnet’. The big difference between them is that a hybrid
vehicle has two engines: an electric engine and a conventional fuel powered
engine. An electric vehicle only has an electric engine.
This means the electric vehicle has to literally plug itself into a charger to
charge up its battery when its power runs out - after so many kms depending on
how often it is used. The hybrid vehicle, using technology pioneered and
perfected by Toyota, uses its electric motor to drive around town at low speeds
and then, when more power is needed, switches to its second, conventional fuel
motor, to drive at higher speeds on motorways or for overtaking.
How do I charge my hybrid?
The advantage of a hybrid vehicle is that it recharges its own battery ‘on the
move’ – as it’s being driven by its conventional engine - it even recharges
itself when you brake, too. So, issues such as: ‘how to charge a hybrid car’,
‘where are the hybrid charging points located’, or ‘where is my nearest hybrid
charging station?’ do not apply.
Charging at home?
Because you don’t have to plug in a hybrid to recharge the battery, you aren’t
restricted by range. That means no overnight charging, finding power points,
waiting or wires. A Toyota hybrid vehicle is electrically self-sufficient and
switches automatically between its electric and petrol powered engines as and
when it needs to. Obviously, you do need to fill up your tank, as you have a
conventional petrol engine – but hybrid efficiency means your fuel lasts that
Can a hybrid continue to run on electricity when it runs out of
Having the advantage of both electric and petrol power doesn’t mean that you can
run your hybrid without fuel. The electric and conventional engines in a hybrid
are designed to work together. So even though a hybrid can operate in an
electric-only mode, it must have fuel in the tank – even if only a little.
Trying to run a hybrid purely on the electric engine without having the fuel to
power the conventional engine will result in damage.
The Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) – the best of all
The Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has all the benefits of being a hybrid, but also
has a hybrid charge point so you can give the larger battery an extra charge, at
home or at any of the network of PHEV charging points.
Now with an increased electric range of up to 72 kms with a top speed of 153km/h
in electric mode as well as taking only 2 hours* to fully charge.