Large-Scale Demonstration of Toyota’s Plug-In Hybrids with Li-Ion Batteries

By dancurranjr On March 29th, 2009

toyota-phev-priusThe energy company EDF and Toyota announced to lease about one hundred units of a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHVs) equipped with lithium-ion batteries to selected companies and partners in the Strasbourg (France) area starting from the end of 2009, for a duration of three years. This project has received financial support via the Research Fund managed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, following a call for projects on low-emitting vehicles.

The vehicles will use a charging system which is able to ensure safe charging, communication between the plug and the vehicle, identification of the vehicle and invoicing of energy. For this demonstration, EDF and its subsidiary Electricit√© de Strasbourg will participate in a technical and financial partnership with all stakeholders, which will set up several hundred charging points at users’ homes, at the facilities of partners, in public parking lots and on public roads. A Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle uses Toyota’s hybrid technology but with the added benefit that its battery can be recharged using a standard electrical plug. Toyota’s PHV can be driven as an electric vehicle for short distances, resulting in a silent, zero CO2 emissions drive. For longer distances, the PHV works as a conventional hybrid vehicle, providing low emissions and fuel consumption, and driving performance.

This programme is part of a global Toyota project that will also be deployed in Japan and the US from the end of 2009. Toyota’s main objective is to investigate further the technology and performance of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles. EDF’s objective is to evaluate different operational options for the charging infrastructure. The joint goal is to broaden consumers’ understanding and acceptance, in preparation for broad commercialisation in the future. In the context of the EDF-Toyota partnership, European road trials of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles started in France in the autumn of 2007 and were expanded to the UK last year.


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