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The all-electric, automatic Nissan LEAF is a joy to drive - zippy, responsive, almost silent. It has cruise control (let the car keep going at the speed you set, while you rest your foot!) and speed limiter (set the maximum speed and the car makes sure you stay within the speed limit, however hard you press the accelerator pedal!). With zero tailpipe emissions, the LEAF has a range of 80 miles between charging (depending on your driving style) and 60-70 miles on the motorway. Usually, the easiest way to top up on longer trips is at Ecotricity Electric Highway charging points at Motorway service stations.
You do need to get their app on your smart phone and register for the service - best to do this before you start your journey. All the information is here:
https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/for-the-road

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When hiring the car, if you need to top-up charge there is an Ecotricity and Polar/ChargeMaster/Charge Your Car card in the glove compartment. 
For a full list of charging points visit ZapMap
 
Read the FAQ on Driving our all Electric Nissan Leaf and read more on why you should drive electric

 

 

 Price category: Medium

£5.50 per hour,
£11.00 overnight (8pm-8am)
£38.50 for 24 hours,

Extras:

There is an inflatable child booster seat in the boot.  Other car seats are available on request for a small charge.

 

 

Yaris

White Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Automatic, easy to drive and park, low emissions. Find more information on hybrid driving in the Co-wheels folder in the glove box.

Price category: Medium

£5.50 per hour,
£11 overnight (8pm-8am)
£38.50 for 24 hours,

plus 18p per mile

Extras: There is an inflatable child booster seat in the boot.  Other car seats are available on request for a small charge.

Driving tips for our Toyota hybrids

1. Keep the car in EV mode as much as possible by using the accelerator gently, pressing it lightly but consistently.
2. Improve efficiency with ECO mode, which reduces aggressive throttle response.
3. Free energy: braking gently and early helps the regenerative braking harvest more energy, which means EV mode can operate for longer periods
4. If you’re in stop-start traffic, don’t put the car in neutral (‘N’) when stationary, as electricity will not be generated and the hybrid battery will discharge.
5. Consider using cruise control to maintain steady speeds.
6. When using climate control, re-circulate mode reduces energy usage.
7. Constant or heavy use of systems like air-con, lights and wipers will increase energy consumption.

Drive Modes

Toyota hybrids have four drive modes: Normal, EV, ECO and Power. When you first start your hybrid, the car defaults to the ‘Normal’ drive mode, which automatically manages the most efficient use of both the engine and the battery. Drivers can also select one of the car’s on-demand drive modes to achieve better fuel consumption in certain settings.


These drive modes are:
EV Mode where the car is powered by the battery only during city driving, running near-silent and with no tailpipe emissions; ECO Mode that reduces A/C output and lessens throttle response to limit harsh acceleration
Power Mode: which boosts acceleration by using the hybrid battery to assist the petrol engine.

The shift lever has four positions: R (Reverse), N (neutral), B (engine braking) and D (drive). For normal driving, D (drive) is absolutely fine, but should you need it, position B has the effect of engine-braking, handy when descending a steep hill, for example. It’s not recommended to leave the car in position B for normal driving, mainly because you’d end up using more fuel than necessary!

Another great hybrid driving tip is to use the car’s battery whenever possible. You can do this in town and urban driving by accelerating to your required speed, easing off the accelerator and then gently easing the accelerator on again. By doing this, you can activate EV mode – indicated by the dashboard light – which means that the engine has switched off and you are using the electric battery.
Try to maintain a constant speed and read the road ahead. By doing this, you can reduce the amount of unnecessary braking and accelerating, using less fuel. Braking slowly and gently also maximises the amount of energy recovered by the regenerative braking system on the car.

General tips for saving fuel in all car types:

1. Clear out the boot! Keeping the boot free of unnecessary weight will give your car and immediate boost in performance and economy.
2. Check your tyre pressures.
3. Think ahead – by planning your journeys, you can avoid traffic jams and minimise the likelihood of getting lost.
4. Closing the windows at speeds above 45mph will reduce drag, reducing fuel consumption.
6. Maintain a steady speed and try to avoid sudden braking or acceleration, this wastes an amazing amount of fuel and reduces pollution.