Tianjin, China – Toyota will conduct joint verification tests of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid in China, in partnership with the Chinese government-affiliated China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). The goal is to determine the adaptability and usefulness of the plug-in hybrid in China.

The tests will start later this year. Toyota will select drivers to evaluate the vehicle during commuting and other daily purposes, while CATARC and Toyota jointly will measure fuel efficiency, charging times, electric vehicle driving range and other factors, and analyze and evaluate the data collected.

“As we move to distance cars from petroleum, we view electricity, which can be produced using any primary energy source, as exceptionally promising,” said Takeshi Uhciyamada, Toyota executive vice-president. “Greater use of it is in lockstep with China’s electrification policy.”

Toyota has already started verification tests in Rokkasho Village, Japan; Boulder City, Colorado; and Strasbourg, France. The plug-in hybrid is scheduled for commercial launch early in 2012.

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