Manual Description The Plug-in Hybrid EV system on this vehicle will automatically select an optimum driving mode from “EV drive mode”, “Series hybrid mode” and “Parallel hybrid mode” according to the remaining power in the main drive lithium-ion battery and/or driving conditions. The vehicle is designed to typically use the EV drive mode which drives the vehicle as an electric vehicle by using only electrical power stored in the main drive lithium-ion battery. However, when driving with the Series hybrid mode or the Parallel hybrid mode is required, the EV drive mode will automatically be switched to the Series hybrid mode or the Parallel hybrid mode.
The main drive lithium-ion battery can be charged using an EV charging device compatible with your vehicle. For details, refer to “Charging” on page 3-17. The regenerative braking described in this section will also charge the main drive lithium-ion battery when the accelerator pedal is released while the vehicle is moving.