July 26, 2007

Japan certifies Toyota plug-in hybrid for public road testing

Tokyo, Japan – Toyota has announced it has developed a plug-in hybrid vehicle and has become the first manufacturer to have such a vehicle certified in Japan for use on public roads.

The Toyota Plug-in HV uses a gasoline-powered engine and electric motor, but increased battery capacity gives it a longer electric-only range, and a battery-charging device allows users to charge it using household electricity.

Toyota plans to conduct public-road tests in Japan with eight vehicles, to verify electric-motor-only cruising ranges and optimal battery capacity. It also plans to provide the government with data for formulating test methods for emissions and fuel efficiency. There are also plans to conduct public-road tests of the vehicle in the United States and Europe.

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