What is Hybrid Synergy Drive?

Behind the wheel of Toyota Hybrid

Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) is our advanced hybrid technology, which combines a petrol engine and an electric motor – that’s right, two engines in one car.
They combine seamlessly to deliver extra performance and outstanding fuel efficiency as well as being ultra-smooth and extremely quiet when driving in electric mode.

It gets better, too: this hybrid technology can actually recycle energy. How? Well, when you drive you create energy. Like, braking, for example. With most cars that energy is completely wasted, but HSD is able to capture that energy and reuse it to power the electric motor.

Double the power, double the fun
Our HSD models comprise two engines: one petrol, one electric. These engines work together to deliver extra power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. And should you need any extra performance, simply press the Power button and enjoy the ride.
  • Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance
  • Deceleration and Braking:The system recycles kinetic energy to charge the battery
  • Overtaking: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance
  • Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted idling
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Fuel economy that doesn’t waste a drop It’s no secret that driving in the city increases petrol costs on most cars. However, HSD doesn’t behave like most cars. For a start, it recycles energy and has two engines: one petrol, one electric. A perfect match to deliver equally impressive figures: as low as 3.3 litres of petrol consumed per 100km. An excellent return indeed and one which can be reduced even further when driving in Eco Mode.

Course, if you want to eliminate that figure completely, simply select electric EV-mode, go easy on the pedal and you won’t use a single drop when accelerating up to 50km/h.
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Quietness to the point of tranquility When you do select the electric EV-mode on the new HSD you will also notice something quite special – nothing at all! The silence and sheer tranquility of the engine really is something you have to experience to believe. Electric EV-mode also produces zero emissions and provides an ultra-smooth ride. In fact, it’s a very calm place to be.
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Severely reduced emissions The perfect partnership of an electric motor and a petrol engine means your Toyota’s HSD emits anything from 75g of CO2 per km. Which is an amazingly low statistic for a family car.

In fact, when driving in electric EV-mode, it can go from 0-50 km/h without producing any emissions whatsoever – you’d find more CO2 in a spent balloon.

So there you have it: quiet, efficient, economical, environmentally friendly and pleasureable to drive. Isn’t it about time you thought about an HSD?

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