Zipcar and Toyota to Launch Multi-City Introduction of PHEVs
"Zipcar is an ideal test bed for early consumer acceptance of EVs. This project will allow companies to receive direct feedback from thousands of consumers in three cities and help evaluate how EVs fit into a large-scale car sharing model," said Scott Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Zipcar.
The Toyota Prius PHVs, which will become commercially available in 2012, are eight of approximately 160 being distributed by Toyota nationwide. Because many trips taken by Zipcar members are fewer than 13 miles (21km), many PHV trips will be emission-free.
The Prius PHV is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can be charged from a standard 110-volt outlet. The vehicle, which takes up to three hours to charge, can travel on electric-only power at speeds of up to 62 mph for approximately 13 miles (21km), after which it shifts to operate as a conventional Prius hybrid, averaging an estimated 50 mpg (4.70 l/100km).
"The PHV demonstration program is designed to gather real-world driving data and customer feedback on plug-in hybrid technology, and we're excited to be working with Zipcar to further test how this technology could have even greater environmental impact by fitting into the car sharing model," said Mary Nickerson, national manager, advanced technology vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "This program will help us to educate and inform the public on plug-in hybrid technology, evaluate the performance of the vehicle under different driving conditions and better understand the benefits to future customers."
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Propark is recognized as the parking industry leader in green garage sustainability and has just completed construction on the greenest parking garage in the world, Canopy Airport Parking at Denver International Airport.
On February 14th Propark will be launching the largest ever roll out of Juice Bar?s (electric vehicle charging stations) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The installation of 18 separate charging stations will double the size of the charging infrastructure in San Francisco and will be the first Level-2 chargers in the City of Oakland and the first at Oakland International Airport.
In conjunction with the mass EV charging roll out Propark will also be launching the first Green Garage Demonstrator sites in the Bay Area at the Beach & Hyde Garage in San Francisco and the Lake Merritt Tower Garage in Oakland.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday February 14th at 10:00am at the Beach & Hyde Garage (655 Beach Street) in San Francisco.
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