Toyota 'plugs-in' to a new sustainable mobility evolution; delivers
Prius Plug-In Hybrid to Ontario test partners
TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - A new era in sustainable mobility begins in
Ontario, as Toyota Canada delivered a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Prius
PHV) to its provincial testing partners at a ceremony today. Toyota
Canada and provincial partners the Province of Ontario (Ministry of
Energy, Ministry of Transportation), Ontario Power Generation, the City
of Toronto and the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence were all on
hand to officially 'plug-in' to the future.
To mark the occasion, Rick Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy
Supply, Transmission and Distribution Policy, Cara Clairman, Vice
President of Sustainable Development, Ontario Power Generation, Joe
Pantalone, Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto, Dr. Peter Frise, Scientific
Director and CEO, AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence and Toyota
Canada's President Yoichi Tomihara were on hand for the delivery at
Toyota Canada's head office in Scarborough today.
"The McGuinty government is pleased to be a partner in this pilot
project, which will help provide us with data needed to build
province-wide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles - a core
element of our Smart Grid vision," said Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy.
"The Smart Grid will not only play an important role in achieving our
goal of having one electric car for every 20 vehicles on the road by
2020, it will also make it easier to bring smaller renewable energy
projects on-line under our Green Energy Act."
"As Ontario's largest electricity generator, OPG would supply most of
the electrons for plug-in electric vehicles like the Prius PHV," said
Tom Mitchell, President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation. "Optimally,
cars would recharge at night when demand and price are low and there's a
surplus of nuclear, wind and hydroelectric power - sources that are
virtually free of emissions that cause climate change and smog."
"Participating in a program like this supports the City of Toronto's
Green Fleet Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan actions, to pilot test
promising vehicle technologies including electric vehicles like the PHV
and incorporate them into the City's fleet." Gerry Pietschmann, Director
of Fleet Services, City of Toronto.
"As Canada's automotive research and development program, AUTO21
provides training on cutting edge technology to nearly 450 graduate
students," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and CEO.
"We're excited to partner with Toyota on this initiative and provide an
opportunity for some of the students to learn about the near-market
technologies that are poised to play a role within the Canadian
Toyota's Ontario partners will share their Prius PHV, which will be
fitted with telematics equipment to record vehicle and hybrid system
"Toyota Canada is pleased to deliver the first Prius PHV to our partners
in Ontario, a province that has shown great leadership in planning for a
more sustainable transportation future," said Yoichi Tomihara, President
of Toyota Canada Inc. "We believe the Prius PHV will help Canadian
drivers minimize their impact on the environment, and Toyota is grateful
to have such important partners join us in gathering critical real-world
Based on the world's most popular hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius PHV
is designed to deliver a range of more than 20 kilometres and top speed
of almost 100 KPH on battery alone. In addition, an onboard
Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine enables the vehicle to revert to hybrid
mode and operate like a regular Prius - giving the vehicle the driving
range and performance Canadians demand from today's automobiles.
The Toyota Prius Plug-In achieves a fuel consumption of just 1.75L/100km
and CO2 emissions of 41 g/km under specified driving
conditions (combined electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle modes).
Compared to the typical conventional midsize automobile, driving a Prius
PHV for one year is expected to reduce one's fuel consumption by 1,650 L
(83%) and one's CO2 emissions by almost 4,000 kg (or 4 tonnes)1.
Canada has been selected as one of the participating countries for
Toyota's global test of the Prius PHV. Five Prius PHV vehicles hit the
roads this summer with 15 trial partners in 4 provinces in the first
phase of a nationwide trial, including Ontario. This enables Toyota
Canada to conduct technical and market acceptance tests unique to
Canada's driving experiences and climatic conditions. The real world
trials will continue through the coming winter to assess Prius PHV
performance under a range of driving and climate conditions. Moreover,
feedback from the Canadian tests will help ensure the Prius PHV performs
well in any country where drivers encounter cold temperatures, ice and
Canadian Prius enthusiasts are encouraged to join Toyota Canada's Prius
PHV facebook page for information on consumer test-drive event
opportunities, telematics feedback updates from the test trials, and
details on Toyota's sustainable mobility efforts (http://www.facebook.com/ToyotaCanadaPriusPlugIn).
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota
and Lexus cars, SUVs and trucks, and Toyota Industrial Equipment. TCI's
head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary,
Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and
Vancouver. TCI supports more than 300 Toyota, Lexus and Toyota
Industrial Equipment dealers in Canada with services that include
training, marketing and environmental and customer satisfaction
initiatives. A consistent award winner for product quality and ownership
satisfaction, Toyota has sold over three million vehicles in Canada.
1Fuel consumption is an estimate based
on the Japan JC-08 test. Fuel savings and emissions reductions claims
are based on a comparison with the average fuel consumption of all
midsize vehicles listed in Natural Resources Canada's (NRCAN) Fuel
Consumption Guide, assuming yearly average driving distances of 20,000
SOURCE Toyota Canada Inc.
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For more information about plug-in electric vehicles in Ontario, please visit www.plugndriveontario.ca
For more information on the City of Toronto's green vehicle programs, please visit www.toronto.ca/fleet
For more information on the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, please visit www.auto21.ca