Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will the vehicle run on an empty tank?
No. Like conventional vehicles, hybrid vehicles cannot run without fuel.
However, in an emergency Toyota hybrids can be driven a short distance in EV (electric-only) mode.
2. What happens if the battery goes flat?
Hybrid battery: The on-board computer makes sure this battery never discharges completely.
Normal battery: Should be treated in the same way as the battery in a conventional vehicle.
3. Is actual fuel economy really as good as official figures?
As with conventional vehicles, actual fuel economy differs depending on both driving style and road conditions.
Below are some factors that can negatively affect fuel economy:
4. Is there a risk of electric shock?
- Hard acceleration
- Sudden braking
- Driving over hilly or mountainous terrain
- Driving at high speeds for prolonged periods
- Taking lots of short trips
- Excessive use of air conditioning
- Carrying heavy loads
- Poor or Irregular maintenance
- Low tire pressure
No. there is no risk of electric shock, even if the vehicle is involved in an accident.
Also, repairing a hybrid vehicle is as safe as repairing a conventional vehicle.
5. Is there a risk of radiation from then batteries?
- The battery packs are securely enclosed
- In event of a collision, or if an abnormality is detected, the on-board computer will cut off the high voltage flow and prevent any electricity from escaping.
- The high voltage flow can also be manually cut off by pulling out the service plug.
No. There is no risk of radiation.
Toyota hybrid vehicles are certified to comply with World Health Organization (WHO) standards for non-ionizing radiation, both inside the vehicle and out.
6. How long do hybrid vehicles last?
Hybrid vehicles are built to last as long as conventional vehicles.
7. How long does the hybrid battery last?
The battery is designed to last the life of the vehicle. There are owners in the U.S. who have driven 250,000 miles without replacing the battery.
8. Will the hybrid battery lose its strength the more it is used, leading to lower fuel economy?
No. the battery will not lose its strength.
The battery will maintain sufficient energy storage capacity throughout its life.
Frequent use of EV (electric-only) mode, for example, will have no ad verse effect on battery life.
9. How do we know hybrid technology is reliable when it’s so new?
Hybrid vehicles are just as reliable as conventional vehicles.
It is in fact over 20 years since the Prius, Toyota’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, first went on sale in Japan. Customers can take confidence in the fact that Toyota has sold over 15 million hybrid vehicles to date worldwide.
10. What about warranty?
Hybrid vehicles come with the standard manufacturer’s warranty of 3-years/100,000km whichever comes first.
In addition, the hybrid battery comes with a 6-year warranty.