Hybrid technology has been designed to reduce emissions by producing its own recycled energy. This can seem like a complex technology to have integrated into your car, however it is much easier than you think to run one.
The two engines work together and respond to the needs of the driver, giving you extra power when you need it. When in a more demanding situation, for example climbing a hill, power is transferred from the battery to the electric motors to give a boost to the driving power, and ensuring the power remains comparable with those models with larger engines.
There is also the added economical feature of automatic start/shut off, whereby the engine will switch off when the car comes to a complete stop, only turning on again once the accelerator is pressed. This ensures that there is no wastage of fuel whilst on the roads.
With regenerative braking, resistance is put on the drivetrain, with the energy from the wheels turning the motor to function as a generator. This means that the energy, which is usually wasted during braking, is turned into electricity and is stored in the battery ready for when it is needed.
In the market-leading Toyota Prius, the single engines can work both independently or together to bring you the driving performance you want.
When driving at a slower speed, the petrol engine is not in use and the car is powered only by the electric motor alone. When you accelerate, both engines will work together to ensure a seamless transition when driving at higher speeds.
Enabling you to recharge the battery using your household outlets, this model can be driven in economy mode for shorter distances and runs as a normal hybrid vehicle over longer distances, meaning you don’t have to worry about running out of charge over longer distances.