How does Hybrid Synergy Drive work?
For this week’s How’s This Work, we’re going to be looking at a technology inherent in Toyota hybrid vehicles’ engines. Whereas Eco Drive, which we looked at last week, is a button you press on the road to make your vehicle more efficient, Hybrid Synergy Drive is the technology that makes Toyota hybrid vehicles as incredible and efficient as they are right out of the gate. We thought we’d take one of these engines apart for you to show just how they work.
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What is Hybrid Synergy Drive?
The Hybrid Synergy Drive system consists of six different main parts that each work together to deliver the hybrid experience Toyota drivers have come to expect. Those six parts are a regular gasoline engine, an electric motor, an electric generator, a power control unit, and finally a device used to split and distribute the power from the engine, motor and generator smoothly and quickly.
Hybrid Synergy Drive is acclaimed not only for its brilliant ability to save fuel, but also for its seamless ability to automatically switch back and forth from traditional engine power and the electric power that makes it a hybrid. HSG is an intelligent system that can analyze your driving patterns and different driving conditions to control the power output in a way that delivers both maximum performance and efficiency.
You might be asking how the battery is charged for the electric components in Hybrid Synergy Drive, as its not a plug-in hybrid. That’s a great question, but the answer is simple. The electric generator we already mentioned charges the battery while the engine is running so that plugging in is never necessary. If you’re interested in finding out more about our hybrid vehicles like the 2017 Toyota Prius, feel free to give us a call here at the sales desk. You can find out even more about Hybrid Synergy Drive by watching the video below.