Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive Hybrid technology How hybrid works

How hybrid works

Our exclusive Hybrid Synergy Drive® is a full Hybrid System  . That is, it uses two motors in harmony with each other - a battery-powered electric motor and a petrol-driven combustion engine. And unlike the motors in many other hybrid cars, both the petrol and the electric motors in the Hybrid Synergy Drive® system can power the car alone or in combination.

Hybrid Synergy Drive®  is smart technology, telling the car when to switch between petrol and electric power and when to combine both for maximum efficiency, which guarantees a high level of on-road performance while minimising fuel consumption and pollution from exhaust gases. When the petrol engine is running, it charges the battery and when the car brakes, energy that most cars waste as heat lost during braking, is converted to electricity for the car to use later.

Because the battery receives plenty of charge from the petrol engine when coasting and from the regenerative braking system when slowing down, our hybrid cars never need plugging in to a mains supply.

The sophisticated engine management system even recognises when the car is stationary and switches off to conserve power, automatically switching back on again when needed.

Both the petrol powered combustion engine and the electric motor in our hybrid cars have been improved constantly since the technology was first developed, thanks to our kaizen philosophy. As a result, each power unit supplies significant amounts of power using the bare minimum of fuel in the process. This makes our hybrids cleaner, quieter and great to drive.

Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD)

Hybrid Synergy Drive

The Hybrid Synergy Drive developed by Toyota integrates the desirable elements of a petrol engine and an electric motor. It uses the spontaneous high torque from the electric motor from rest for starting. For cruising in the high-speed range, it utilizes the efficient power of the petrol engine. The management system carefully selects the optimum combination of the petrol engine and electric motor in order to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD)

Hybrid Synergy Drive

The Hybrid Synergy Drive developed by Toyota integrates the desirable elements of a petrol engine and an electric motor. It uses the spontaneous high torque from the electric motor from rest for starting. For cruising in the high-speed range, it utilizes the efficient power of the petrol engine. The management system carefully selects the optimum combination of the petrol engine and electric motor in order to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Image shown for illustration purposes only.