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Understanding Hybrid

Hybrid VS Mild Hybrid
With a lot more "hybrid" models on the market, we have received numerous questions from people wanting to know what the difference is between a Hybrid and a mild Hybrid.The perception that all hybrids are clean and cost-effective has made them a popular choice among consumers. But, contrary to what many believe, not all hybrids are the same. As hybrid-electric pioneers, we have over 20 years' experience at the forefront of the technology. From how different hybrids work to the role electrification plays in our vehicles, discover why Toyota Hybrid is the best choice for you!

Mild Hybrids

Do all hybrids work the same as Toyota Hybrid?

If you're looking to reduce costs and improve emissions, operating a hybrid vehicle must seem an easy decision. While most manufacturers’ hybrids will deliver savings and improve environmental credentials, look closer and you’ll see many only do part of the job of a Toyota Hybrid. 

Nearly every hybrid on the market is equipped with engine stop-start technology. This saves fuel and reduces emissions by switching off the engine when you stop, for example at traffic lights, then back on when you start moving again. 

More advanced hybrids use electric energy stored in their batteries to support the engine, for instance, during overtaking, and to power items such as lights, air conditioning and radio. Their batteries are normally recharged with the energy recovered when you brake. 

But there’s one thing these hybrids won’t do, they don’t drive on battery power alone.A mild hybrid has an oversized starter motor that turns off the engine when the car is coasting, braking or stopped, then restarts the motor quickly and seamlessly. ...Mild hybrids don't have the same hybrid drivetrains (electric motors that start the vehicle) as a Toyota Hybrid.  Mild Hybrid is an entry level powertrain electrification solution. It adds a low voltage (48V) battery and an electronic motor onto existing conventional powertrains.

This means they cannot drive on electric alone, unlike Toyota Hybrids and also means that they don't have the same battery storage or the same fuel economy as full hybrids. In ‘mild hybrids’, the amount of electric power that drives the wheels is limited.

Mild Hybrids

Toyota Hybrids

What makes Toyota Hybrid different?

Toyota Hybrids are known as ‘hybrid-electric’ vehicles because they incorporate two energy sources, one petrol, one electric. Having two engines that can operate independently of each other is what marks Toyota Hybrid out as different from other hybrids. As a result, you can use electric power to pull away from a standstill and even cruise at speeds of up to 25 km/h, meaning zero fuel consumption, zero tailpipe emissions and a near-silent drive for up to 50% of your journey. 

And because all our hybrid electric vehicles are self-charging, you don’t have to plug them in to recharge their batteries. That’s because our hybrids feature ‘regenerative braking’. When you brake or ‘coast’, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery for later. That means no stopping for time-consuming and inconvenient battery top-ups on longer  trips.

That means you get 30% better fuel economy,  30% less in maintenace costs and produce 40% less CO2 than our competitors conventional cars. ​​​​​​


Toyota Hybrids

Toyota Plug In Hybrid

What are the benefits of plug-in hybrids?

If you think you can benefit from longer electric driving, greater fuel tank range and ultra-low CO2 emissions, a vehicle like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid could be the answer. Built on the foundations of our existing petrol-electric hybrids, it is equipped with a more powerful battery that allows you to drive for over 50 km and at speeds as high as 135 km/h using electric power alone. 

Because driving only partially recharges a plug-in’s battery, to utilise their full electric capabilities and reduce the amount of petrol you consume, they need to be plugged into mains power for a full battery charge. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be fully recharged in less than three hours, and although there’s no requirement to do so – unlike in an electric vehicle – you’ll get the best results that way. For example, fully-charged, a Prius Plug-in Hybrid can complete a 1,300 km* business trip on a single tank of fuel.

Toyota Plug In Hybrid

How do they all compare?

Toyota Hybrid VS. Mild Hybrid


How do they all compare?

Think Hybrid. Think Lehane Motors

It's a good time to learn more about your options and there has never been a better time to make the move to Hybrid as this 191 we are making the switch to Hybrid even easier.

You can UPGRADE TO HYBRID FOR LESS with Toyota Finance, and avail of our Trade-In, Trade-Up booster of up to €3,000 when you trade in your old diesel model. So if you have any questions about the differences between Hybrid/ Mild Hybrid and EV, let us try to answer them. Call one of our Hybrid Experts today on 021 481 7700 or drop in to our showroom on the Airport Road, Cork city.