Toyota to research plug-in hybrid vehicles in the U.S. and Europe
Toyota will provide plug-in hybrid (PHEV) prototypes to the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University
of California, Irvine and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This next
phase of Toyota's ongoing sustainable mobility development programs with the two UC campuses will use cars
based on the current model Prius. The partnership is conducted in conjunction with the Alternative Fuel Incentive
Program, jointly developed by the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.
The PHEV prototypes will be powered by oversized packs of nickel-metal hydride batteries to simulate the level of
performance expected in the future from other types of more advanced, compact and powerful battery systems.
PHEV batteries can store significantly higher levels of energy than today's hybrids. The PHEV is recharged by its
onboard motor-generators, like today's Prius, and by plugging into the electrical grid, a feature not available today in
OEM hybrids. PHEVs have the capability to make short trips on electric power alone.
In Europe, Toyota and Electricitie de France (EDF), a major electric utility, have launched a similar PHEV test
program intended to create practical solutions that will reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, especially in
urban areas. Under the joint agreement, a number of PHEVs will be integrated into EDF's fleet to be tested on public
roads under everyday driving conditions.
Hybrid product news: Swiss name Prius "Greenest Car"; Camry Hybrid cabs
• The government of Switzerland has named Toyota's Prius the world's greenest car in a study aimed at persuading
drivers to buy environmentally sensitive vehicles.
The survey gave the hybrid car the highest green rating after evaluating the environmental impact—including
carbon dioxide emissions—of 6,000 different model cars.
Adrian Aeschlimann of the Federal Office for the Environment says, "The goal is to modernize the fleet of cars and
to use natural resources as efficiently as possible, so that cars will exert less pressure on the environment."
• Dallas Yellow Cab has purchased its first Camry Hybrid, with plans to add 10 to 15 more in the coming year and
replace its entire fleet with lower emission vehicles by 2011. Yellow Cab chose the Camry Hybrid because it is the
only hybrid that meets its fleet's size requirement for sedans. Once the pilot program is underway, customers will
be able to request a "green cab" if they are planning a trip in advance.
Toyota sponsors educators' travel to the Galapagos Islands
Through the Toyota International Teacher program, twenty-four U.S. teachers will explore the rich environment of
the Galapagos Islands, a designated World Heritage Site off the coast of Ecuador. The program exposes educators to
the diversity of peoples and ecosystems worldwide to inspire the creative teaching of international, cultural and
environmental themes. It is funded through a $1.2 million grant from Toyota and administered by the Institute of
International Education. Toyota has been helping to conserve the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands since
2001. The participants will explore the islands' rich environmental heritage, observe environmental projects, and
share innovations in teaching environmental stewardship.
Toyota sponsors National Public Lands Day
For the ninth consecutive year, Toyota has sponsored National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest national handson
volunteer project for improving the environment. Across the country, Toyota associates joined other volunteers to
plant trees, clear brush, maintain trails, reseed barren lands, eliminate invading plant species, restore natural habitats,
and clean up beaches. Associates also presented grants to a number of parks, associations, and nonprofit
organizations for activities related to the preservation and restoration of public lands.
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