Toyota signed a cooperation agreement with the City of Madrid for the transfer and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The agreement was symbolized by the delivery of a plug-in hybrid Prius by the president of Toyota Spain, Katsuhito Ohno, to the mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon.
The Japanese automaker has signed a collaboration agreement for the transfer and use of plug-in hybrid vehicles to various agencies and institutions of Spain under the Movele Plan, managed by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Energy Saving (IDEA). Among those institutions is the city of Madrid, whose mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, recently received from President of the Japanese company, Katsuhito Ohno, a plug-in hybrid Prius.
The aim of the agreement is, according to Toyota, the various agencies to assess “in real conditions the viability of plug-in hybrid vehicle, as well as the needs and requirements to be considered in establishing a refueling infrastructure in Spain.” According to the Japanese producer, “collecting data on actual usage of the vehicle will enable Toyota to better understand customer expectations in terms of plug-in technology and encourage the development of an infrastructure of charging stations for public access.”
According to Toyota, its plug-in hybrid vehicle project is part of a “comprehensive program to define the ideal self and the capacity of the battery before mass market plug-in hybrid technology.” As part of this global program, Toyota has released 600 units of plug-in hybrid Prius in Japan, USA and Europe. Both in the Old Continent and the rest of the world, this program will enable Toyota to adjust its current activity in research and development on plug-in hybrid vehicles.”
80% of trips of less than 25 kilometers
The plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius, a plug-in hybrid vehicle combined, offers a range of approximately 20 kilometers, with a top speed in electric mode (EV) of sixty miles an hour. This autonomy in all electric mode is “ideal for short trips,” the Japanese manufacturer, which ensures that the first plug-in hybrid tests in Europe have shown that up to 80% of daily trips made are less than 25 kilometers, “so the plug-in hybrid Prius will largely meet mobility in electric mode.”
For longer distance trips, the plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius with Hybrid Synergy Drive system, in which both the electric motor and the gasoline can transmit wheel drive would provide an unlimited autonomy. According to Toyota, ion battery – lithium plug-in hybrid Prius four times the capacity of third-generation Prius and can be fully charged in an hour and a half connected to a standard household 220 V
The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is a reduction of over 30% of fuel consumption in combined cycle with respect to the third generation Prius, standardizing a figure of only 2.6 liters per hundred kilometers. CO2 emissions stand at just 59 grams per kilometer, according to the European combined cycle.