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Toyota to trial new Prius in NZ


New Zealand is one of a select group of countries chosen to participate in a two-year global field trial of the Plug-in Hybrid Prius

Unlike the standard Toyota Prius, these vehicles feature lithium-ion batteries and can be charged with normal household 240-volt power.

Toyota says the Plug-in Hybrid can travel as an electric-only vehicle for up to 30km, at highway speeds up to 100km/h.

For longer distances, the vehicle functions as a conventional petrol-electric hybrid, which means its use is not constrained by remaining battery power or a battery-charging infrastructure.

Toyota Japan has placed approximately 600 vehicles with key markets globally through their international distribution network. Customers include government and other public agencies, along with electric power companies and other entities who will gain an introductory taste of eco-cars.

Toyota New Zealand has received three Plug-in Hybrid Prius vehicles. Two will be placed with Massey University, and the third will be used for analysis by Toyota New Zealand at its National Customer Centre in Palmerston North.

Alistair Davis, CEO of Toyota New Zealand said Massey University was chosen due to the close partnership between the two organisations.

“We have forged a great relationship through helping Massey meet its fleet needs, and Massey’s commitment towards defining a more sustainable motoring fleet solution encouraged Toyota to select it for the trial,” Davis said.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey says it is delighted to participate in the international trial of the new Plug-in Hybrid Prius: “The university made a commitment in 2008 to move its vehicle fleet to cleaner and more sustainable technology and chose to do that in partnership with Toyota. One of our big goals is to act responsibly and enhance our reputation as New Zealand’s defining university by responding innovatively to environmental issues.

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