Petrol-electric hybrid “Prius” launched trails in UK

September 12th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

The plug-in hybrid car “Toyota Prius” was launched for trials in UK on Wednesday with electricity supplier EDF Energy.

The hybrid car that can be plugged into a standard mains socket in the home to charge. Soon drivers should be able to chose between the petrol pump and the electric socket to power one and the same car.

Toyota Motor Corporation teams up with Electricity company EDF Energy, the erecting “juice points”, or electric charging points, across London organized a press conference in Hyde Park, London.

“We are very excited to expand our PHV road testing program to the UK in collaboration with EDF Energy. Today’s announcement represents a step-change towards acceptance of electricity in combination with hybrid technology as a viable and sustainable transport solution” TMC’s Saga, said at the press conference.

Since autumn 2007, that the trials have been conducted on the road around UK, involve setting up necessary infrastructure, evaluating vehicle performance and ease-of-use and surveying participating vehicle users.

A successful test of the new charging stations could hopefully lead London “one step closer to making our ambition of becoming a number one location for low-carbon vehicles” John Hutton, British Secretary of State for Business told the Financial Times. For London it will increase the number of car charging stations on city roads; Mayor Boris Johnson has vowed to add more stations over the coming years.

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