1) Do Hybrids need to be plugged in?

You do not need to plug in to recharge the batteries on Yaris, Auris, Prius & Prius+. These are charged automatically as you are driving.

2) What happens if I run out of charge when I am out and about?

Toyota hybrid car doesn't need to be charged as it charges itself automatically as you drive. The car chooses the most efficient use of both the petrol engine and the electric battery, seamlessly switching and blending between the two where necessary, just make sure you don't run out of petrol!

3) Is maintenance more expensive with a Hybrid?

Hybrid servicing costs are similar to any other Toyota car. A free Hybrid Health Check is now included with any Hybrid Service.

4) Do I need to take it to a special dealership to get it serviced?

You can get your Hybrid serviced here at Shelbourne Motors Toyota by our fully trained technicians

5) What tax breaks do you get with a hybrid?

All models qualify for free road tax. Company Car tax is also class leading with BIK from 11%. Less petrol also means less fuel duty tax at the pump!

6) What happens about breakdown insurance for hybrid cars - would this be covered by companies such as AA or RAC or do you need specialist companies?

Road assistance companies are full trained in all Toyota cars, including hybrids and have been since 1997.

7) Will the battery be replaceable in Hybrids or will the car lose its value/the battery very expensive to replace, a bit like an iPhone battery is very hard to replace?

It is extremely unlikely that a battery will need replacing. In the unlikely event that the hybrid battery does need to be replaced and the warranty has expired, the cost is approximately £800. An annual Hybrid Health Check here at Shelbourne Toyota is the best way to ensure you are safeguarding the health of your vehicle for years to come.

8) Is it true that the materials and air miles for shipping batteries for hybrid cars outweighs the environmental impact of not using fuel in the car over its lifetime?

In a word, no. We use an internationally recognised process called Lifecycle Assessment. In the lifetime of any car the emissions that are generated by driving account for approximately 90% of the total. Manufacturing, shipping, scrapping and recycling account for the other 10%. Therefore a technology which saves fuel will see a saving in emissions overall. So a Toyota hybrid is more environmentally friendly than its petrol/diesel equivalent over the last full life cycle.

9) How much would a typical car owner save every year on fuel costs by using a hybrid car instead of a standard engine car of the same size?

It is impossible to give exact comparison because everyone has different driving styles, uses different roads, encounters more or less traffic, etc, however it is fair to assume a hybrid will deliver a 30-40% saving in running costs.