Strasbourg, France – Toyota has launched a large-scale Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) demonstration in France, along with French energy provider EDF and the City and Urban Community of Strasbourg.

The project involves about 100 PHEVs, as well as a dedicated charging infrastructure for the use of public and private partners in Strasbourg and its region. It is part of a global Toyota project involving 600 Prius PHEVs that will also be deployed in Canada, the U.S., Japan and Australia.

For this demonstration, EDF will ensure the setup of more than 150 charging points at users’ homes, in the private parking of partner companies, in public parking lots and on public roads. Some of the vehicles will use an innovative charging system developed by EDF that is able to control the communication between the plug and the vehicle to ensure safe charging. The objective is to facilitate the identification of the vehicle and invoicing of the energy consumed. German energy provider EnBW will extend a similar program to Baden-Württemberg, Germany, by demonstrating PHEVs and their dedicated charging infrastructure.

As part of the demonstration project, Strasbourg will lease five PHEVs. A local car-sharing company will receive a subsidy to lease three of them, while the remaining two will be leased to various public institutions and private companies.

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