EDF Energy and Toyota launch UK trials of plug-in hybrid vehicle
EDF Energy and Toyota have teamed up to road trial the first Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) introduced by a car manufacturer to the UK. Trials start on 10 September and will continue for more than one year.
Toyota's right-hand drive PHV will make its on-the-road debut as part of EDF Energy's company fleet and will be tested by employees under every-day driving conditions. The trial is designed to evaluate vehicle performance within an urban environment, vehicle infrastructure requirements, and driver behaviours and expectations.
The results of the partnership are expected to play a pivotal role in the development of Toyota’s PHV technology, which represents a further improvement on Toyota's hybrid technology. The UK trial builds on the first European PHV testing programme launched by Toyota and EDF on French roads in September 2007. Read more (pdf) (Toyota)
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10 September 2008