Hybrid FAQs

How often do Hybrid batteries need replacing?

The pioneering battery technology in a Toyota Hybrid is engineered to last. And because most Toyota Hybrid batteries are self-charging, they never need to be plugged in to be recharged. All hybrid components, including the hybrid battery, come with Toyota’s 5-year/100,000m* warranty from new.

As part of the Toyota Hybrid Service, your vehicle’s hybrid system and hybrid battery will be checked by Toyota technicians to ensure it is in top condition. Having this carried out annually will mean your Toyota is eligible for a further 1-year/15,000m* of Hybrid Battery Extended Cover, up to a total of 15 years.
*Whichever is soonest.

Can the Hybrid battery be recycled?

Toyota vehicles are amongst the most economical and environmentally friendly available and hybrid battery recycling is important to us. Removing and disposing of a hybrid battery is done by a Toyota Authorised Repairer, and, under EU Directive 2006/66/EC, we aim to recycle over 50% of the weight a hybrid battery.

Do hybrids have to be charged?

​Toyota Hybrids feature pioneering, self-charging battery technology. When the battery runs low in a Toyota Hybrid, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. That’s not all. Our hybrids feature regenerative braking, so when you brake or coast, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery for later.

If you’re still asking yourself do hybrids have to be charged? Remember that with a Toyota Hybrid there are no cables due to self-charging battery technology. However, the Prius Plug-in can be plugged-in to charge the battery and run for an extended range using electricity alone.

What's the difference between a hybrid and a Toyota Hybrid?

​Power up to 50% of your city drives on electric

All hybrid cars are powered by a combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motors. When compared with some other hybrids, the main benefit of Toyota Hybrids is the fact that its two power sources can operate entirely independently of each other.

Some hybrid cars only use their electric motors to support the engine during acceleration and cruising – the electric motor cannot power the car on its own. In our self-charging Toyota Hybrids, you can enjoy pure electric power for over 50% of your city journeys according to Toyota Hybrid Experience figures and when cruising at speeds up to 31 mph. At higher speeds or when overtaking on the motorway, the petrol engine and electric motors work together to give you a strong boost of power.

How long do hybrid batteries last?

A lifetime of peace of mind

The pioneering battery technology in a Toyota Hybrid is engineered to last. And because most Toyota Hybrid batteries are self-charging, they never need to be plugged in to be recharged. All hybrid components, including the hybrid battery, come with Toyota’s 5-year/100,000m* warranty from new.

As part of the Toyota Hybrid Service, your vehicle’s hybrid system and hybrid battery will be checked by Toyota technicians to ensure it is in top condition. Having this carried out annually will mean your Toyota is eligible for a further 1-year/15,000m* of Hybrid Battery Extended Cover, up to a total of 15 years.
*Whichever is soonest.

What is the range of a hybrid?

The freedom of a self-charging Hybrid

Unlike a pure electric vehicle, 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 battery range.

In addition, they 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 fun to drive?

The power to energise your drives

Thanks to the combination of a responsive petrol engine and powerful electric motor, Toyota Hybrid cars are 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 and lower centre of gravity, Toyota Hybrids give you added cornering stability and handling for your driving enjoyment.