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HYBRID FAQ

Concerns

Yes. Toyota hybrid vehicles offer the same level of quality as conventional vehicles.
Hybrid batteries have a long lifespan, and Toyota has sold over 10 million hybrid vehicles worldwide.

Simply put, no. The Toyota hybrid system charges the battery in two ways: the gasoline engine drives the generator to charge the battery and regenerative braking recovers braking energy usually lost in conventional vehicles.

No. Everyday maintenance, such as putting air in the tires and checking the engine oil, is no different from conventional vehicles.
It is recommended that the power control unit coolant is inspected after 40,000 km and 80,000 km

No. You can drive hybrid vehicles just like a conventional vehicle.
Specialized operations, such as switching between the gasoline engine and electric motor, are all fully automated. Toyota’s hybrid system automatically optimizes operation and minimizes fuel consumption.

As with all batteries, lifespan can differ depending on usage and environmental conditions. The hybrid battery has an 10-year or 200,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.
The batteries in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles are efficient, corrosion-resistant units designed to last under normal use. Durability is maintained by precise ECU battery control

Toyota hybrid vehicles deliver the same level of safety performance as conventional vehicles, and all high-voltage parts are well protected to ensure there is no risk of electric shocks.
When strong impacts are detected by the vehicle’s sensor, the emergency shut- off system quickly blocks the high-voltage current.

Hybrid components are designed to shield electromagnetic waves, and emit approximately the same amount as conventional vehicles or electronic household appliances.
High-voltage parts and cables on hybrid vehicles incorporate electromagnetic shielding.

Benefits

Toyota hybrid vehicles offer four key benefits:

1) World-class fuel economy
2) Low emissions
3) Exceptional quietness
4) Power
The Toyota hybrid system intelligently controls the power coming from the engine and motor and tells the vehicle how to combine them for the greatest efficiency and performance.

Usage

Conventional vehicles are fitted with hydraulic brakes, while Toyota hybrid vehicles adopt hydraulic brakes alongside unique regenerative brakes, which slow and stop the vehicle while recharging the hybrid battery. 
During regenerative braking, the wheels operate the electric motor as a power generator, and the hybrid battery is charged.

Both hydraulic and regenerative braking are optimally controlled to ensure smooth feel and exceptional performance.
The system uses both braking mechanisms to ensure maximum energy recovery without sacrificing smooth, exceptional braking performance in any driving situation.

For general driving, the hybrid motor fills the role of an engine brake as it performs regenerative braking.
However, when shift position B is selected, releasing the accelerator will apply engine braking

This is due to regenerative braking when the brake pedal is depressed or as the accelerator pedal is released.
Specifically, the whirring is the sound of the energy from braking being converted into electricity.

Various sounds or vibrations may occur when the hybrid system is operating and are not signs of malfunction.
Examples:
- Snaps or soft clanks may be heard from the hybrid battery when starting or stopping
- Sounds may be heard from the transmission when the gasoline engine starts or stops, when driving at low speeds, or during idling
- Motor sounds may be heard from the engine compartment

When accelerating from a standstill, the motor alone powers the vehicle. The sound is from the motor’s Power Control Unit, which is masked by the sound of the engine during normal driving.
The Power Control Unit consists of an inverter, a Voltage-Boosting Converter and an AC/DC converter to run the vehicle on the electric motor.

This is due to the increased engine torque required to power the desired acceleration. 
This sound is only noticeable because hybrid vehicles usually run very quietly.

It is not a malfunction. The buzzer and message activate to inform the driver when the charge remaining in the hybrid battery is low. When stopped for long periods of time with the shift lever in the N range the hybrid battery cannot be charged. 
When parking, the shift lever should be in the P range.

This feeling comes from the momentum of the engine starting. While it may feel as though it is moving ahead slightly, it does not actually move forward. 
When the engine starts, backward torque is generated on the wheel output axis due to engine resistance against the generator. To counteract this backward torque, forward torque is applied from the motor to prevent the vehicle from moving.

The engine installed in hybrid vehicles is designed to be effective on both city roads and highways. However, on highways, hybrid vehicles cannot take advantage of EV mode and idling stop function, meaning the increase in fuel efficiency is not as significant as on city roads.

The gasoline engine starts and stops automatically. However, it may not stop in certain conditions, such as when the hybrid battery is charging while parked.
Other examples:
- During gasoline engine warm up
- When the heater is switched on

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