Hybrid... Embrace The Change
SO QUIET, IT’LL LEAVE
While everyone else was just talking about ‘green’ cars Toyota took a step ahead and conceptualized & introduced the Hybrid System. That was way back in 1997. Today the Prius Hybrid holds an iconic status across the world; known for great fuel efficiency, smooth driving and low emissions. Best of all, it’s so incredibly quiet, when idle or even when driving, you enjoy a relaxing, peaceful drive every time you get behind the wheel.
RUNS ON FUEL.
RUNS ON ELECTRICITY.
IT’S A RUNAWAY SUCCESS.
Why might I need a car that’s powered by gas and electricity you’d ask? The answer is it’s the future of high-efficiency automotive technology. The Prius Hybrid uses an electric motor that charges while you drive. The result? A technological marvel that provides better fuel efficiency resulting in longer breaks between fuel stops, strong acceleration and handling plus low emissions.
WHAT IS HYBRID
Motor + Engine
Gas or petrol engines have certain strength and weakness. So do electric motors. Toyota Hybrid Technology combines the best of both to create the world's best hybrids.
Not All Hybrids are Created Equal
Toyota's full hybrid system uniquely combines electric motor with gasoline engine to create one of the world's most efficient vehicles. Here's how.
HOW HYBRID WORKS
As you depress the accelerator, the hybrid starts-up using only the motor
2 Normal driving
The Hybrid uses the motor and engine to provide optimum driving efficiency. While driving under a light load, it operates using only the motor.
The addition of electricity supplied by the battery boosts driving power.
4 Decelerating and braking
The wheels drive the motor to generate electricity. Energy is efficiently recovered while decelerating and braking, and used to charge the battery.
5 EV (Electric Vehicle)-Drive Mode
EV-Drive Mode drive quietly using only the motor
Other Hybrid Innovations
Power Split Device
Splitting power produced by the gas/petrol engine between the drive train and the generator. The power splitting device distributes the power produced by the gas/petrol engine to the drive train and to the generator. To divide the power efficiently, it uses a planetary gear consisting of a ring gear, pinion gears, a sun gear and a planetary carrier.
Employing synchronous A/C motor for compact packaging, light weight and high efficiency. Toyota's hybrid technology uses synchronous A/C motors, which can efficiently produce strong torque up into the high revolution ranges and provide freedom to control motor revolutions and torque. Toyota has also succeeded in making electric motors more compact, light-weight and efficient, for smoother starts/acceleration.
The petrol engine used in Toyota hybrid technology is more energy-efficient, producing higher output than conventional petrol engines.
Power Control Unit
Toyota's hybrid technology is equipped with a Power Control Unit that consists of an inverter, a Voltage-Boosting Converter and an AC/DC converter to run the car on electric motors.
Benefits of owning a Hybrid
Whether you’re looking to rediscover your love of driving, reduce the cost of getting around or just have some fun without the emissions – there’s a long list of ways our Hybrids can make a good impression.
Life's easy in a Hybrid, just get in and drive
Toyota Hybrids have been designed to be as easy to drive as possible. When you hit the power button there’s no noise, just a prompt that you’re ready! And as the Hybrid system controls itself, and all Hybrids are automatic, you just slot the gear lever in Drive and enjoy seamless power on every trip.
Hybrid: Two engines working in tandem
Riding in Hybrid Vehicle you’ll enjoy hearing more of what’s important as their hushed electric power delivers you around town. This electric hit blends seamlessly with efficient petrol-power at higher speeds and, at the moment you need it most, two become one – as both engines work in tandem – to power you ahead.
Your batteries are always charged in a Hybrid
There’s no need to worry about how far you’re travelling in Hybrid Vehicle, just fill up with fuel and continue on your way, just as you would in any conventional car. And when the battery does run low, excess power from the engine charges it back up again. And that’s not all, whenever you brake, energy is recycled to charge the battery too – so nothing gets wasted.
Easy on your wallet and the environment
Not only will you love being behind the wheel of a Hybrid, you’ll really appreciate just how much they save. Switching off engine as often as they can to save you fuel and money. And with low fuel-consumption comes low emissions. Hybrid vehicle boast some of the lowest CO2 emissions in their classes and, unlike any conventional cars, very low levels of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Hybrid batteries have a long lifespan, and Toyota has sold over 8 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. Prius (3rd gen.) was voted the UK’s “Most reliable small family car” in 2014.
Source: Driver Power Survey 2014
It is recommended that the power control unit coolant is inspected after 40,000 km and 80,000 km
Specialized operations, such as switching between the gasoline engine and electric motor, are all fully automated. Toyota’s hybrid system automatically optimizes operation and minimizes fuel consumption.
The batteries in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles are efficient, corrosion-resistant units designed to last under normal use. Durability is maintained by precise ECU battery control
When strong impacts are detected by the vehicle’s sensor, the emergency shut- off system quickly blocks the high-voltage current.
High-voltage parts and cables on hybrid vehicles incorporate electromagnetic shielding.
2) Low emissions
3) Exceptional quietness
The Toyota hybrid system intelligently controls the power coming from the engine and motor and tells the vehicle how to combine them for the greatest efficiency and performance.
- GSO fuel efficiency economy standard: 26.1 km/L
- Actual fuel consumption may differ depending on driving situation
Other Toyota models:
- Camry 2AR-FE (2.5L) AT: 14.7 km/L
- Corolla 1ZR-FE (1.6L) CVT: 17.8 km/L
- Yaris 1NZ-FE (1.5L) AT: 17.5 km/L
(Above models are 16YM)
During regenerative braking, the wheels operate the electric motor as a power generator, and the hybrid battery is charged.
The system uses both braking mechanisms to ensure maximum energy recovery without sacrificing smooth, exceptional braking performance in any driving situation.
However, when shift position B is selected, releasing the accelerator will apply engine braking
Specifically, the whirring is the sound of the energy from braking being converted into electricity.
- Snaps or soft clanks may be heard from the hybrid battery when starting or stopping
- Sounds may be heard from the transmission when the gasoline engine starts or stops, when driving at low speeds, or during idling
- Motor sounds may be heard from the engine compartment
The Power Control Unit consists of an inverter, a Voltage-Boosting Converter and an AC/DC converter to run the vehicle on the electric motor.
This sound is only noticeable because hybrid vehicles usually run very quietly.
When parking, the shift lever should be in the P range.
When the engine starts, backward torque is generated on the wheel output axis due to engine resistance against the generator. To counteract this backward torque, forward torque is applied from the motor to prevent the vehicle from moving.
- During gasoline engine warm up
- When the heater is switched on