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March 26, 2010
City to pilot test a Prius plug-in hybrid
  
The City of Toronto is set to participate in a partnership with Toyota Canada Inc., along with other Canadian academic institutions, levels of government and provincial power authorities, in the first Canadian program to pilot test Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV).

The City will use one Prius PHV in its fleet for three to four months, on a lease basis. Toronto will have one of five Prius PHVs in Canada. The vehicles will arrive this spring. The Prius PHV will be used by the City and by another participating Ontario organization.

The Prius PHV has the ability to recharge its lithium-ion battery from the electrical grid and travel longer distances and at faster speeds than the regular Prius hybrid. The vehicle can be driven for up to 20 kilometres in electric mode with no fuel consumption, silent operation and free of emissions.

Participating in a program like this one supports the City’s Green Fleet Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan by pilot testing promising vehicle technologies, including electric vehicles, and incorporating them into the City’s fleet. This program will give the City the opportunity to test the vehicle in real-world conditions before potentially adding the PHV to its fleet when it hits the market. It also allows the City to provide Toyota with feedback on the vehicle after different driving experiences and under climate conditions that are unique to Canada.

For more information about Toronto’s Green Fleet Plan, visit http://www.toronto.ca/fleet.

For more information about the Prius PHV, visit http://www.toyota.ca.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Finance & Administration Communications Manager, cbromley@toronto.ca,
416-392-4993
Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Communications & Marketing Consultant, Finance & Administration, nhinds@toronto.ca, 416-392-2708



 

 

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