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March 17, 2021

Toyota Motor PH Busts 6 Hybrid Vehicle Myths

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, especially the ones from Toyota. Starting with the Prius, 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 them, 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.

MYTH #1: Battery Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Electric Vehicles are basically the same

THE TRUTH: Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) operate on only one power source (electric motor) while the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), as the name “Hybrid” suggests, runs 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. This removes any range anxiety, because when your battery runs out of juice, the petrol engine either propels the car, assists the electric motor, or charges the on-board battery (or a combination of all three).

MYTH # 2: Hybrid cars need to be charged before use

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.

MYTH # 3: Hybrids are difficult to maintain

THE TRUTH: Similar to a regular car, hybrids just need 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.

For added peace of mind, Toyota provides a 5-year warranty on the hybrid battery alongside the standard 3-year warranty on the vehicle itself. But don’t think that after 5 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.

MYTH # 4: Driving hybrids in a flood will cause you to get electrocuted

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.

MYTH #5: Hybrids are expensive

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.

MYTH #6: Hybrids are hard to drive

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!

Hybrids may be thought of as the future, but they’re also the now. Toyota Motor Philippines offers several hybrid models available and ready to be driven on Philippine roads. No need for charging stations. No worrying about running out of juice in the middle of a trip.


  1. You did not mention the cost of hybrid battery replacement. How much is it? My only medium of research is Amazon, where hybrid battery retails for around 1250-1800usd. Thats roughly 60000-100000php. Is that numbers accurate?

    1. That is from amazon, now look if how much it wIll cost if we buy it from casa

  2. Hybrids should be tax-exempt to encourage more buyers.

  3. I agree, give more incentives for hybrid buyers


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