As mentioned, HSD vehicles have two engines - gas and electric. Each works in conjunction with the other to provide optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Hover on the icons below and find out how these two engines power an HSD vehicle.
STARTING/DRIVING AT A CONSTANT SPEED IN LOW AND MID-SPEED RANGEElectricity from the battery drives the motor which reaches full power instantly.
NORMAL DRIVINGMonitors driving conditions, intelligently controls the engine and motor output for optimum fuel eficiency.
HARD ACCELERATIONIn addition to normal driving, the battery supplies electricity to drive the motor, enhancing driving power.
DECELERATING AND BREAKINGThe motor is activated as a generator to concert the moving vehicle's kinetic energy into electricity to charge the batter (regenerative braking).
STOPPEDThe engine automatically cuts out, helping to reduce the unnecessary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with idling.
Toyota’s HSD cars, the Prius and the Prius-C, have technologies that are designed to improve the overall driving experience of a hybrid. A VVT-i engine gives you the powerful performance of a gasoline engine and an electric motor for a smooth and quiet drive. Powering the car is a battery that’s lightweight and efficient NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) cell. Generous weight reduction was done because a lighter vehicle needs less energy to travel. And the overall design of both vehicles promotes aerodynamics for a more efficient drive.
In switching from a gasoline engine to a hybrid engine, you get to enjoy benefits not found in traditional vehicles.
Switching between the gas or electric motor reduces your car’s carbon emissions significantly. Toyota’s HSD meets the Euro5, a worldwide standard in environment preservation.
Even with an electric motor powering it, HSD vehicles are quick to accelerate, due to the VVT-i engine powering it.
By using an electric motor, you can immediately see the added fuel economy and the savings it gives you.
An HSD vehicle produces virtually no noise, giving you and your passengers a quiet cabin to enjoy the ride in.
These benefits are easily controlled and monitored from within the vehicle. An eco drive monitor gives you a real time view of the car’s power and consumption; an energy monitor to see how much energy you are using; a consumption monitor that can be set to 1 minute or 5 minute intervals and a drive mode switch, giving you total control over the performance of your HSD vehicle.
Hybrids are here to stay. They are safe, economical and most of all, environmentally friendly. Toyota HSD motors are properly shielded, so no worries with driving in the rain. Plus, these motors are certified by Toyota, giving you peace of mind that they will not fail you. The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive is the next step in automobile technology. Experience the joy, practicality and savings with a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicle today.