Toyota Defines Hybrid Electric Vehicle Power Sources

Toyota HEVs are known as hybrid electric vehicles that run on two power sources.

Toyota Motors Sales, U.S.A., Inc has been building hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV) for more than 10 years. The third-generation Prius is actually labeled as an HEV and offers consumers substantial fuel savings. The car also produces fewer emissions.

The bigger question that Toyota answers this week is, “What is a hybrid?” Any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power using propulsion is a hybrid. For example, a mo-ped (a motorized pedal bike) is a type of hybrid because it combines the power of a gasoline engine with the pedal power from its rider. This is why new automobiles that use both a conventional engine and electric are called hybrid cars.

Most locomotives pulling cargo on the railroads are also considered to be diesel-electric hybrids. Cities such as Seattle have diesel-electric buses that draw electric power from overhead wires or run on diesel when they are away from the wires. Giant mining trucks are often diesel-electric hybrids. Submarines are also hybrid vehicles — some are nuclear-electric and others are diesel-electric.

HEVs (hybrid-electric vehicles) combine the benefits of two power sources, which are gasoline engines and electric motors. The Toyota Prius is the most popular HEV across the country. Since 2001, Toyota has sold more than 707,000 Prius automobiles since 2001, and that’s a very impressive number that shines even before hybrids became popular.

Toyota developed the Hybrid Synergy Drive system that is used in the Prius, Highlander, and Camry vehicles.

The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system is used in the Toyota Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Camry Hybrid. This system combines an electric motor and a gas engine with technology that captures lost energy during braking. This technology is called regenerative braking, which is a term used a lot when it comes to hybrid vehicles.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system is unlike other hybrid vehicles on the market because it provides power to start the vehicle and for low-speed driving conditions. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used.

However, one of the biggest misconceptions about hybrid cars is that the driver must turn the electric motor on and off. This isn’t the case with the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system. This system will automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and gradually restarts the engine as the vehicle begins to move forward again.

Toyota electric cars are called full hybrid vehicles because they can run on full electric power.

These features are unique among new electric vehicles and that’s why Toyota labels the Prius a “full” hybrid. A full hybrid can run on electric power alone under certain conditions. Other hybrids on the market are known as “mild” hybrids, which rely on the gasoline engine to power the vehicle at all times while the electric motor assists the engine as needed.

It is also interesting to note that the electric motors and batteries in mild hybrids are less powerful than in full hybrids. Another example is the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) that will use an electric engine with hydrogen fuel cell technology. This type of car is a hybrid that can assist any power source from gasoline to hydrogen fuel cells to bio-diesel.

 

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