Arnold Clark

What is a hybrid?

A hybrid car is one that uses more than one form of propulsion - so in a nutshell, it combines a normal petrol or diesel engine with a battery-powered electric motor.

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So what's the difference between electric cars and hybrid cars?

Often people think that hybrid vehicles are the same as electric cars but this a huge misconception and one that when explained properly, shows the benefit of hybrid technology over fully electric vehicles.

How does the hybrid battery work?

It's all about the energy.

The battery uses recycled energy already being produced while driving, but in a more efficient way. So every time you use your brakes, this energy is converted to electricity and saved in the battery, also known as regenerative charging.

Here's a handy guide to how the battery and engine work together.

Starting

Starting off

The battery powers the electric motor on its own.

Cruising

Cruising

The battery and engine work together for optimum acceleration.

Starting

Slowing down and braking

The petrol engine switches off and the energy is recycled back in to the battery.

Standstill

At a standstill

Neither the battery power is being expended nor the fuel wasted.

What are the benefits of buying a hybrid vehicle?

No need to plug in

No need to plug in

No need to worry about finding a charging point, just fuel up and get on the road.

Reduced emissions

Reduced emissions

Hybrid cars can emit as low as 75g of CO2 per km and can go from 0-50 km/h without producing any emissions.

The power of two engines

The power of two engines

Battery powered engines and fuel-powered engines work together for more fuel-efficient driving.

Huge range of vehicles

Huge range of vehicles

This technology isn't new, it's tried and tested and we have a range of vehicles to suit every style.

Save money

Save money

All hybrids are zero road tax, so you pay no emission fees or congestion charges, plus save money on your fuel.

Where can I buy a Toyota hybrid vehicle?

We've got a huge range of hybrid vehicles from our eight locations throughout Scotland, covering Glasgow, Bishopbriggs, Aberdeen, Ayr, East Kilbride, Kilmarnock, Linwood and Stirling. Still got questions? Why not visit one of our Toyota branches and speak to our highly trained staff or take one of our hybrid cars out for a test drive.