How Does a Hybrid Car Work?


When you’re looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact, purchasing a Toyota hybrid car is the way to go. With this type of car, you’ll get the best of both worlds. You’ll have access to sporty power thanks to the conventional gas engine while also enjoying the benefits of zero tailpipe emissions when driving in electric mode.

To help our friends around the nearby Danvers, Peabody, and Salem, MA, areas, we at Ira Toyota of Danvers are here to answer the question, “How does a hybrid car work?” To learn more, keep reading or skip ahead to begin browsing our hybrid inventory here.

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What Is a Hybrid Car?

Before we can get into specifics about how a hybrid car works, we’ll first need to take a closer look at exactly what a hybrid car is.

Essentially, a hybrid car is a combination of a conventional gas-powered engine and an electric car. That means, you can travel the town with any combination of gas and electric power. The benefits to this include:

  • Reduced emissions
  • Enhanced fuel efficiency
  • Less time spent at the pump

The list of benefits to driving a hybrid car doesn’t stop there, so don’t hesitate to talk with one of our Toyota hybrid experts to learn more!

How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

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Hybrid cars aren’t much different than conventional cars. They still have a traditional engine, a transmission, and a fuel tank. In addition to these conventional parts, a hybrid also comes with an electric motor, battery pack, and more.

If you drive the second type of hybrid car—the plug-in hybrid—your car will also include an electric charging port.

So, how does a hybrid car capture and store electrical energy? It will depend on which type of hybrid car you drive, so let’s take a closer look.

  • Hybrid Car: Hybrid cars work by capturing energy that’s otherwise lost when you brake through what’s known as regenerative braking. This energy is stored in the traction battery pack and later used to power electric-only commutes.
  • Plug-in Hybrid Car: Plug-in hybrid cars work by charging. These cars must be plugged into an outlet or a home-charging system to capture and store the electric energy. When you want to use electric energy while traveling, you can stop at any of the charging stations found nationwide.

No matter which type of hybrid car you drive, you’ll reap the benefits.

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Toyota Hybrid Models

Ready to get behind the wheel of a Toyota hybrid model? Thanks to Toyota’s wide selection of hybrid models among various body styles, you’re sure to find the Toyota that most closely matches your driving needs.

Toyota Hybrid Sedans

Toyota Hybrid SUVs

Plug-in Hybrid Models

  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Mirai (fuel cell)
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota Sienna (minivan)
  • Toyota Venza
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime

Thanks to this selection, finding your dream Toyota hybrid is a simple task.

Choose Your Toyota Hybrid Today!

When you’re ready to take to the streets of nearby Danvers, Peabody, or Salem, Massachusetts, behind the wheel of a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid car, don’t hesitate to visit our dealership. Here, you’ll find a large selection of hybrid vehicles in our showroom. Take a minute to explore these models before taking one for a spin around town.

What are you waiting for?  Contact or visit us at Ira Toyota of Danvers to choose your Toyota hybrid today!


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