Oslo, Norway – Toyota has signed a partnership agreement with the City of Oslo and Energy Norway to operate two plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) in Norway for three years as a demonstration. The project will begin in June 2010.
The project is part of Toyota’s pan-European PHV limited-lease program, which will involve around 200 vehicles on European roads with the support of Toyota Financial Services. Based on Toyota’s full hybrid technology, the PHVs are equipped with lithium-ion batteries, extending the vehicle’s range in electric mode for zero-emissions driving.
“The city of Oslo wants to be one of the world’s leaders when it comes to environment and sustainability, and has for years worked to increase the number of electric vehicles in the city,” said Jøran Kallmyr, the city’s head of transport and environmental affairs. “We are looking forward to working together with the industry to develop commercially available solutions for the future. PHVs are particularly interesting because they make it possible for families to have only one car that meets their different needs, without any range limitations.”
The demonstration will assess the vehicle’s performance in urban driving conditions, and also gather information about the drivers and passengers, including recharging the vehicle at home, or at charging points in vehicle fleet depots and other places.
Toyota plans to deploy around 600 new PHVs in Japan, Europe and the U.S. under programs that began in 2009.