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The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is Delivered for Testing in Canada

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On: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 1:52PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is Delivered for Testing in Canada

Toyota Canada has delivered a Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Pruis PHV) to its testing partners (the Province of Ontario Ministry of Energy and Transportation) in Ontario today in a ceremony dedicated to honoring the new hybrid electric plug-in concept car.

Many prestigious Canadians showed up to observe the ceremony, including the Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto, and Toyota Canada’s President Yoichi, to name a few.

According to a spokesperson for the Minister of Energy: "The McGuinty government is pleased to be a partner in this pilot project, which will help provide us with data needed to build province-wide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles—a core element of our Smart Grid vision." Brad Duguid also stated; "The Smart Grid will not only play an important role in achieving our goal of having one electric car for every 20 vehicles on the road by 2020, it will also make it easier to bring smaller renewable energy projects on-line under our Green Energy Act."

Toyota says that the Prius PHV, with its upgraded hybrid synergy drive system powered by lithium-ion batteries, is projected to reach speeds of up to 62 mph on electricity alone. It has the ability to sustain 62 mph on electric-only power for up to 12.5 miles. Additionally, the vehicle will be able to accelerate up 62 mph from a standing start without using its gasoline engine, though Toyota makes no mention of how long it will take to reach 62 mph in full EV mode.

Based on the EU cycle, the vehicle emits only 60 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven, although this is an estimated rating that could change when the vehicle enters its production cycle.

"As Ontario's largest electricity generator, OPG would supply most of the electrons for plug-in electric vehicles like the Prius PHV," said Tom Mitchell, President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation. "Optimally, cars would recharge at night when demand and price are low and there's a surplus of nuclear, wind and hydroelectric power—sources that are virtually free of emissions that cause climate change and smog."

"Participating in a program like this supports the City of Toronto's Green Fleet Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan actions, to pilot test promising vehicle technologies including electric vehicles like the PHV and incorporate them into the City's fleet," said Gerry Pietschmann, Director of Fleet Services in Toronto.

Considering the popularity of the Pruis, the number one selling hybrid, it will be interesting to see how popular the new electric plug-in concept car will actually be when it goes into production. The formal launch of the Prius plug-in is scheduled for 2012 when the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles should be more readily available to EV drivers.




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