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24 juin 19

The best hybrids for your business

The belief that all hybrids are clean and cost-effective has made them a popular business choice. But not all hybrids are the same. As hybrid-electric pioneers, Toyota has over 20 years of experience at the forefront of the technology. Discover why Toyota Hybrid is the best choice for your business.

With hybrids representing no less than 46%   of all Toyota cars sold in Europe Region, and even 61% in Western Europe, no other carmaker in the world has the same experience in powertrain electrification. 

More than 20 years ago, Toyota decided that electrification was the most effective way to lower emissions and reduce fuel consumption. From just one hybrid model back in 1997, the pioneering Prius, Toyota and Lexus  now offer no less than 17 different hybrids in their European line-up, from Yaris through to the flagship Lexus LS – including a comprehensive selection of SUVs. The newly launched Corolla and RAV4 feature the latest, fourth generation Hybrid technology that delivers substantial CO2 savings due to lighter and more compact components.  

In the last two decades, Toyota has sold over 13 million hybrid vehicles worldwide, which means more than 13 million motors, batteries, inverters and other components have a proven track record of reliability   – making Toyota hybrids genuine assets for your fleet.

“Did you know that thanks to an early commitment to hybrid technology, Toyota Motor Europe is on track to achieve the demanding 2021 EU CO2 fleet target?”

Hybrid technology that does not require a plug

Toyota Hybrids are known as ‘full hybrid’ because they incorporate two energy sources: one petrol, one electric. What makes this system different from so-called ‘mild’ hybrids is that the petrol engine and the electric motor can operate independently from each other for optimum efficiency.  

Because full hybrid electric vehicles are self-charging, there is no need for expensive charging infrastructure or a change in driving behaviour. When you brake or coast, a generator produces electricity to be stored in the battery through regenerative braking. Using this energy to replace or assist the combustion engine whenever possible, the fuel consumption of Toyota’s hybrids is around 30% lower than that of traditional gasoline powered cars. 

Towards an all-electric future

Apart from being the undisputed leader in the hybrid segment, Toyota is a pioneer in other electrified drivetrains. 10 new battery electric vehicles will be introduced by the early 2020s and Toyota is leading industry research into solid-state batteries – aiming to commercialise this game changing technology by 2022. 

Meanwhile the higher energy density provided through compressed Hydrogen, mean that Toyota predict that Fuel Cell will become the preferred electric solution for longer-range users from the mid 2020s. Despite current limited refuelling infrastructure, orders for the Fuel Cell Mirai continue to grow and production costs are expected to fall dramatically as volumes increase. 

Why Toyota are the best hybrids for your business

  • Taxation benefits due to low CO2 emissions
  • 30% improvement in fuel efficiency vs gasoline 
  • Proven and reliable technology
  • Significant improvement of air quality thanks to ultra-low NOx

More info : toyotalexusbusinessplus@toyota-europe.com

Authored by: Céline Gilson