Hybrid Hypermiling Techniques

Hybrid cars are able to utilise both an internal combustion (IC) and electric engines, this makes them much more efficient than having an IC alone. Ensuring the maximum use of the electric engine together with adapting your driving style to make full use of regenerative braking systems will ensure you are getting every last mile from you precious fuel and charge.

Many of the Hypermiling techniques on our website are aimed at vehicles powered by either diesel or petrol engines, however there are many other Hypermiling techniques that only apply to hybrid cars & electric drive cars.

Below is a list of Hybrid Hypermiling Techniques that will help ensure some epic MPG figures.

  • Familiarise yourself with your car’s hybrid information display. It will help you fine tune your helping techniques and  allow you to monitor how much energy is being used.
  • Be gentle with the accelerator pedal. Pressing lightly  to help keep the car in EV mode ensuring you are using electricity and not fuel. Monitor the cars display so you can master the most efficient way of accelerating.
  • If available, use the ECO or green mode. This will ensure the car is working to help you maximise your MPG.
  • When in town and built up areas, enable the EV mode. As above, gentle applications of the throttle will ensure you stay in EV mode for as long as possible.
  • Anticipating and early braking will help you make the most of the regenerative braking system. Gentle and steady applications of the pedal will help put more charge back into the battery, resulting you being able to use the EV mode for more miles.
  • Use hills to make use of the regenerative braking system. Simply remove your foot from the accelerator or even lightly pressing the brake will make further use of the system. Again try and monitor the braking system dials to try and master when, where and how hard to brake.
  • Monitor use of ancillary equipment in the car to help reduce secondary power consumption. Turn of the radio, lights, wipers and air-con when not needed.

**Some of the techniques above that relate to the electric engine are also applicable to EVs (electronic vehicles).

My experience with the Toyota Auris Hybrid has shown me just how effective a hybrid system can be when coupled with an experienced hypermiler. Ensuring that you monitor the both the IC and electric engine usage and clever use of the EV mode and regenerative braking can result in some epic efficiency results.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Hybrid Hypermiling, so why not leave your tips and experiences in the comments below.

8 comments on “Hybrid Hypermiling Techniques
  1. Anu Nair says:

    I have a yaris hsd which i bought amonth ago.. I am only getting 35-30mpg. i have only driven 600 km. I dont drive very hard am always careful with acceleration. I dont know what i am doing wrong if I am only getting those figures. regarding regenerative breaking i have 2 slopes which are over 500m from my way to work i usually take my foot of the pedal am i correct or do i have to press the break pedal gently for efficent braking.

    • Karl says:

      Hi Anu

      That sounds a little low. Hybrids normally excel in city conditions due to the reliance on the battery at low speeds.

      What types of roads are you using and how fast are you driving? At usual motor way speeds hybrids rely on the ICE rather than the battery, there fore you would get efficiency comparible to a similarly sized petrol car.

      • Anu says:

        Mainly city most of my travel is below 50 km/hr if i drive on motorway i stick that on cruise control. I am wondering does the car needs to be run over certain thousand km to be set.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Anu

      I am getting around 48 mpg using premium unleaded out of my Yaris Icon using every effort – a mix of in gear coasting and, when the battery is full, a little bit of neutral coasting. It is an interesting mix, but that depends on your attitude to neutral coasting. I have seen others say you would be lucky to get better than 50 and not the claimed 80+.

  2. Tony Griffiths says:

    My Yaris (2013) Hybrid is doing 60+ mpg and even in the colder period we had in dec/jan i was averaging 57-59 MPG. little tips include, over inflate tyres to 32-24 psi, empty ALL rubbish out of car, avoid using heater, use cruise control as much as possible. Let car slow down for you, avoid braking where possible. Try not to exceed 50 mph, most efficient speed seems to be around 43-47mph. maybe look at your route to maintain these speeds.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Tony

      You are right! After I cleared the data which had been collecting since delivery, I have had up to and around 60 mpg, which I am happy with.

  3. Tim Sneller says:

    If you put a Toyota Auris in neutral, and let it coast along a flat road, it goes further thna if it is regenerating power. However, no conversion of energy is 100% efficient. SO….

    1. Is there any possibility of causing damage to the engine running it in neutral
    2. Is it MORE efficient to use neutral to let the vehicle roll further, or let the battery charge up by using regeneration.

    • Jimmy says:

      The philosophy of HSD requires that energy re-generation should be involved most frequently possible, so by coasting @ N you maximize the distance you cover (eg slightly downslope) but you fail to capture the difference in your bat! Having said so, a car consumes most energy when changing speed, either from stop or accelerating. Therefore by trying to start from stop gently up to, say 10-15mph, you use the energy saved at descenting, decelerating. Fail to do means you have less available for your next acceleration, move from stop… I hope this was useful!

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