WHAT IS A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

Are you ready to reduce your carbon footprint without changing your driving habits? Do you drive long distances and spend a lot of money on fuel? Toyota’s Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) save fuel, reduce emissions and recharge their electric batteries without the need for external plugs or wires. You might think they are complicated to own, yet the opposite is true – they are here to make your life easier while helping the environment. From a driving experience, HEVs run like any other car, yet they drive many more miles for much less fuel.


TWO POWERS ONE CAR

Hybrid simply means two sources. In a nutshell, it is using two sources of energy to get a machine going. In the case of a Toyota, it is using a petrol engine and a battery powered electric motor that does not need external charging. Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is a smart technology, telling the car when to switch between petrol and electric power and when to combine both for maximum efficiency, responsive torque and a smooth quiet drive.

If you drive on busy roads, HEV is your best choice as it runs purely on electric power on low speeds, using no fuel and emitting no CO2.


TRUTHS ABOUT HEVs

Here are some simple truths about HEV that you need to be aware of:

  • No bells, whistles, or wires needed: Our HEVs don’t need to be plugged in, no wires or sockets are needed, the car charges itself using recycled energy through braking or the petrol engine
  • No worries: Simply, just fill up with fuel and continue on your way, just as you would in any conventional car. You will never have to change your driving habits, style or distance. The car does all the work for you. In city traffic, it uses electricity most of the time with zero emissions or noise to worry about, with no buttons to press or levers to pull.
  • Immediately accessible: Unlike other sustainable cars, with HEVs there’s no need for additional infrastructure, which makes them very accessible, requiring zero investment, beside the cost of purchasing the car.
  • Economical in every way: HEVs have high residual value and low maintenance cost as they experience less wear and tear when compared to petrol engine cars
  • Never change batteries: The batteries in our HEVs are designed to last the lifetime of the car
  • Millions on the road and counting:There are already around 12 Million HEVs on the roads today, chances are you might have ridden one without even knowing


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Turning on the car: Don’t be fooled. It is on but you will not hear a sound. Just press the pedal and you are already running

Low speed: At low speeds, only the electric motor is engaged. This means no noise and no fuel is being used, thereby creating no pollution.

Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted when idling.

Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.

Deceleration and Braking: The system recycles the kinetic energy from the braking exercise to charge the battery.

Acceleration: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.

HEV WORLDWIDE AND IN THE UAE

From the roads to the racetracks, Toyota HEVs are continuing to grow in performance and popularity. Around12 million Toyota Electrified Vehicles run on roads since 1997. These vehicles have contributed to a reduction of more than 90 million tons of CO2 compared to sales of equivalent conventional cars.

In the UAE, the hybrid story began in 2008, when Al-Futtaim Toyota introduced the Camry HEV to taxi fleets. Since then, over 4000 HEVs have been sold, saving the UAE over 340,000 tons of CO2, and contributing to a cleaner air quality, in line with the UAE’s 2021 Vision.

The next two years will see the arrival of a greater number of HEV models to our showrooms, giving you an HEV that suits your taste and needs