How Hybrid Cars Work & Save You Money

Learn how a hybrid car’s conventional engine and electric motor work together in different circumstances to give you the best possible mileage

Starting Up

Press the Power Button, and go – quickly and silently. At start-up only the electric motor is engaged, saving fuel and delivering instant torque, while producing zero emissions.

starting

Accelerating and Cruising

That being said, for each of the following test ideas, I’ll be sharing two alternative social media post versions that you can try. When you think about these different versions, here’s a handy format to collect data:

accelerating a hybrid toyota

Decelerating and Braking

As your need for speed increases – for example, when merging, passing or maintaining highway speeds – the gas engine and electric motor team up to provide the ideal mix of mechanical and electrical power for xsooth, seamless acceleration all while maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing emissions. Any excess energy created is used to help re-charge the battery.

decelerating a toyota hybrid

Resting

As your need for speed increases – for example, when merging, passing or maintaining highway speeds – the gas engine and electric motor team up to provide the ideal mix of mechanical and electrical power for xsooth, seamless acceleration all while maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing emissions. Any excess energy created is used to help re-charge the battery.

Resting

Reversing

In reverse, and under normal circumstances, only the electric motor need be operational. The ability to selectively use electric-only power is one of the many reasons that Toyota Hybrids are so clean and efficient.

reversing a hybrid

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