Toyota introduced the world’s first mass-produced hybrid-electric vehicle 20 years ago, kicking off a movement towards an eco-friendlier automotive industry. Since then, the brand has expanded its hybrid and electric options, advancing technology to help reduce carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. And these advancements are going to stop any time soon.
If you aren’t sure how Toyota hybrid and electric technology works, this guide outlines the different types of eco-friendly vehicles Toyota offers. Let High River Toyota explain how these work so you can find the right electrified car in Alberta for your needs.
Hybrid electric vehicle
Hybrid electric vehicles are the type of eco-friendly cars you think of when you think of a hybrid. This version combines gas engines with electric motors to generate electricity as you drive, which means they don’t need to be plugged in.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
As the name suggests, a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) needs to be plugged in to extend its electric-only range. Otherwise, they work similarly to Hybrid Electric Vehicles, generating electricity while you’re driving through a merge of a gas engine and an electric motor.
Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle
When you purchase a fuel cell vehicle, you won’t need to depend on electricity from a battery charge. Instead, your fuel cell vehicle will use hydrogen, along with electric motors, to move. It emits water as the only by-product, helping you reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re driving, your Toyota hybrid will seamlessly and automatically transition between power sources, choosing the right source for the type of driving you’re doing in any given moment.
For instance, when you’re driving in rush-hour traffic, the electric motor will be the main source of power. For quick acceleration, the gas engine and electric motor will team up to create a solid mix of power. When you brake, the regenerative braking system will convert braking energy into electric energy to recharge your battery so you don’t have to worry about running out of a charge.
Find an abundance of hybrid and electric vehicles like the Prius or Camry Hybrid here at High River Toyota in Alberta. Browse our inventory online now.