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Truth or myth? Letâs see how many of these Hybrid myths can you bust
In photo: A cross-section cut body of the Toyota Prius to show the inner workings of a Hybrid vehicle
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Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

(Philstar.com) - March 18, 2021 - 9:36am

Is your knowledge of hybrids as accurate as you think?

MANILA, Philippines — Chances are you’ve seen them in your favorite movies and TV series. No, we’re not talking about A-list celebrities (though many stars drive themselves around in one). We’re talking about hybrid cars, like the popular Toyota Prius. 

Globally, Toyota’s hybrid cars have established themselves as reliable choices for amazing fuel economy. It’s no wonder why you see Hybrids almost everywhere in most other countries!

It’s a very different story though here in the Philippines where there’s still a lot to be understood about hybrids. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding surrounding hybrids, and here we’ll address the top myths to hopefully clear the air (pun intended) about these environment-friendly vehicles. 

Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths we can bust together! Spoiler alert: We’ll bust them all!

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth

Battery electric vehicles (BEV) operate on only one power source (electric motor) while the hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), as the name “hybrid” suggests, run on a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor.

They’re similar in that they both have electricity as a power source but different because hybrids vehicles also have a second power source—the petrol engine.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth 

Hybrids do not need to be plugged in to be charged. They are self-charging through the motion and braking of the car. This is called “regenerative braking” and is what makes hybrids unique and extra convenient as electrified vehicles!

This makes the ideal for the Philippines since there’s no need for added infrastructure like charging stations.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth

Similar to a regular car, a hybrid just needs to be brought to your local Toyota dealer for its preventive maintenance service (PMS). While usage circumstances still play a key role, hybrid batteries don’t need any special maintenance on top of PMS.

Did you know that for added peace of mind, Toyota provides a five-year warranty on the hybrid battery alongside the standard three-year warranty on the vehicle itself? But don’t think that after five years you’re going to need to replace the battery as Toyota’s hybrid batteries are designed to last the lifetime of the car with proper care and maintenance.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth

No, you definitely won’t get electrocuted! The power shuts off once in contact with water. It’s no different in terms of safety from a conventional vehicle since both hybrids and conventional vehicles have their engines at similar heights from the ground.

Don’t believe it yet? Check out this video to see how Toyota simulated flood situations with a hybrid to prove its safety.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth 

Hybrids are a lot more affordable now and are priced competitively to their conventional gas counterparts. And since hybrids are very fuel-efficient, you’ll also save a lot on gas expenses in the long run.

Toyota has many hybrids now for you to choose from, from the iconic Toyota Prius to hybrid variants of the Toyota Corolla Altis sedan and of the Toyota Corolla Cross.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust

The truth

If you know how to drive a conventional vehicle, then you know how to drive a hybrid! Hybrids actually have the smallest learning curve among electrified vehicles.

You just need to gas them up like your conventional car (just not as often anymore!). The hybrid system is very intelligent and automatically switches between EV and gas mode to give you the most out of your fuel!

There you have it! Six myths, all busted!

Hybrids may be thought of as the future, but they’re also the now.

Truth or myth? Let’s see how many of these hybrid myths can you bust
Toyota’s current hybrid lineup consisting of the Toyota Prius, Toyota Corolla Cross, Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Prius C.
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Toyota Motor Philippines offers several hybrid models available now ready to be drive on Philippine roads. No need for charging stations. No worrying about running out of juice in the middle of a trip. Reduce your emissions today and start saving on fuel. 

 

Visit http://toyota.com.ph/hybrid to discover more about Toyota’s Hybrid vehicles.

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