TMC Starts Taking Orders for Soon-to-be-launched 'Prius PHV' Plug-in Hybrid in Japan
--Vehicle Has EV Cruising Range of 26.4 km, PHV Fuel Efficiency of 61.0 km/L--
Toyota City, Japan, November 29, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) began taking orders today through Toyota dealers around the country for the "Prius PHV" (plug-in hybrid), a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle that can be charged using a household electric outlet. TMC will launch the vehicle in Japan on January 30, 2012.
Capitalizing on its electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid vehicle (HV) characteristics, the Prius PHV achieves high levels of both environmental and driving performance. For short-distance trips, the vehicle operates as an EV using the electric motor only, and for medium and long-distance trips, the vehicle operates as an HV. Because the Prius PHV automatically switches to HV mode when the battery depletes to a certain level, drivers do not need to worry about remaining battery power. TMC positions this vehicle, at a price obtainable by many, as a means to promote electric vehicles suitable for widespread use.
With the goal of accelerating the wide use of electric vehicles, TMC's development of the new Prius PHV focused on three areas: 1) Overwhelmingly high environmental performance, 2) product value and ease of use and 3) affordability. With its communications link, the Prius PHV goes beyond the realm of conventional cars and demonstrates the possibility of moving into a new mobility society.
With its new high-capacity lithium-ion battery fully charged, the Prius PHV's EV-mode cruising range is 26.4 km, and PHV fuel efficiency is 61.0 km/L, calculated from combined EV and HV driving modes. The vehicle's electric power consumption rate is 8.74 km/kWh*1.
To help provide more enjoyable and eco-conscious use of the Prius PHV, the vehicle comes standard with a new service called PHV Drive Support*2, which is centered on a function that connects the vehicle and owner via the Internet. Five types of services are packaged and provided free of charge to Prius PHV owners for three years. These include a service that enables remote checking through smartphones of remaining battery power and charging station locations, and allows free use of chargers (G-Station) installed at Toyota dealers and other locations.
Overcoming oil dependence is crucial to achieving a low-carbon society, and electricity is an effective means for promoting the use of alternative energy sources. Because plug-in hybrid vehicles help reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by using electricity, TMC positions them as the pillar of next-generation environmental vehicles after HVs. TMC aims for widespread use of next generation environment-friendly vehicles by bringing the Prius PHV to market.
*1 All cruising range and fuel efficiency figures in this release are based on the JC08 Japanese test cycle and verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT)
*2 Requires user registration