Taking Tomorrow for a Test Driveclose
More miles, less gas, cleaner air. That’s the idea behind Toyota’s Prius PHV Program. PHV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle. Compared to the conventional Prius, the PHV’s technology enables all-electric operation of the car at higher speeds and for longer distances. In late 2009, Toyota began delivery of 600 Prius PHVs equipped with lithium-ion batteries, to participate in a global demonstration program. So far, the PHV demonstration program has placed more than 150 vehicles with program partners, including government, education, and non-profit organizations, throughout the U.S. In New York, we’ve placed cars with organizations across the state including the Port Authority of NY and the NYC Department of Transportation, Clean Communities of Central New York, and Syracuse University. We’re using data gathered from these vehicles in the field to better understand the way people use our plug-in technology. Not only will this help us understand the needs of future customers, but we also hope this knowledge will spur development of a public-access charging station infrastructure.