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Hybrid Frequently Asked Questions​

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

A plug-in hybrid vehicle is one that comes with a regular petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. This battery is charged via a special connection point available at home or at public charging stations. The result is a cleaner, more fuel-efficient driving experience.

Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

Electric charging points can be fitted at home to make charging overnight easy. However, you can also visit a number of nationwide charging points at garages, supermarkets, and service stations to top up your charge when required. There is also an increasing number of workplaces adding charging points on their premises for staff.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?

The costs of driving an electric car are far cheaper than standard petrol or diesel powered models. In fact, the cost per mile is estimated to be between 2-4p, making it clean and affordable to drive. What’s more, with fewer mechanical components to suffer wear and tear, the costs for servicing and maintenance are lower too.

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking is a means whereby energy normally lost when braking is instead converted into an electrical charge to help restore energy in the vehicle’s battery. This innovative technology helps ensure your vehicle can travel and operate for longer between full charges.

Are electric vehicles safe?

With no emissions being produced, electric vehicles are better for the environment and safer for air quality. Like all vehicles, they also come with the usual safety measures - such as airbags, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and more - to help avoid and mitigate the severity of on-road accidents. Learn more about the safety measures of each electric vehicle in our new car descriptions today.

How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

Modern hybrid vehicles have been designed so that batteries should last for at least 100,000 miles, with some easily able to last for 150,000 miles. Speak to a member of the team at Hodgson Toyota to learn more.

What are alternative fuels?

Alternative fuels are those other than fuels such as petrol and diesel. In the case of vehicles, the alternative fuel is electricity.

How does Toyota C-HR hybrid work?

Benefiting from Toyota’s innovative Hybrid Synergy Drive system, the Toyota C-HR combines the power from a petrol engine and an electric battery, seamlessly switching between the two as required. For example, when the petrol engine is running, it charges the battery via a generator; when the battery is operating, no vehicle emissions are produced. Find out more at Hodgson Toyota today.

Do hybrid cars cost more to maintain?

Assuming there is no major issues or incidents with your vehicle, hybrid models do not cost any more than a regular vehicle to maintain.

Can I charge my hybrid car at home?

Yes. With a home charging point installed you will be able to charge overnight or whenever you’re at home.

What is the best hybrid car?

At Hodgson Toyota, we’re delighted to be able to provide a wide-range of hybrid vehicles, with Toyota renowned for being one of the pioneers of the technology. Among the most popular models are the Priusand the Camry, with others such as the Yarisalso available. Take a look at our new car pages for more details.

What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

Again, with plenty of models to choose from, the best used hybrid for you will be dependant on factors such as budget and requirements. Take a look through the used car pages and refine your search to view the models we have available.

How do I charge my hybrid car?

Simply plug your vehicle charger cable into a suitable charging station in public or at home to charge your vehicle. It really is that easy.

What is Toyota Hybrid technology?

Toyota hybrid technology - known as the Hybrid Synergy Drive - is Toyota’s innovative system that combines petrol engines with electric motors powered by a battery. The system is able to seamlessly switch between the two for the best in low emissions driving and improved fuel economy.

How does a hybrid car save energy?

Hybrid vehicles often benefit from regenerative braking, which helps convert the energy otherwise lost through braking into a charge for the vehicle’s battery.

How does a Toyota Prius work?

Like all models using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Technology, the Prius combines an electrically charged battery to power a motor which then works in tandem with a regular petrol engine. The system then automatically switches between these two power sources to propel the vehicle in the same way as any other model.

How do I drive a hybrid car?

Driving a hybrid vehicle is not unlike driving any regular model. However, you should always be aware of the charge of your battery to avoid any issues over lack of charging points. Try to drive more efficiently by accelerating steadily and planning your journeys in advance.

How does a hybrid engine work?

A hybrid engine works by combining a regular petrol engine with the power from an electrically charged battery. This results in cleaner motoring and improved efficiency.