Prius PHEV to Be Tested at Georgetown University

The efforts made by Japanese manufacturer Toyota to change the iconic Prius from your everyday hybrid into a plug-in continue in the US, with the latest development being the inclusion of the vehicle in a testing program at the Georgetown University.

As part of the partnership between the two signed last week, two such vehicles will be deployed on the campus, to be tested by university representatives. The two models are part of the 150 PHEVs delivered to demonstration programs across the US and the 600 units around the world.

By taking steps toward accommodating electric vehicle use, Georgetown continues to advance our sustainability goals, including the reduction of our carbon footprint,” said Karen Frank, vice president for university facilities and student housing at Georgetown.

The Prius PHEV can be recharged in about three hours by using an 110V electrical outlet or in 90 minutes with a 220V connection. On the campus, the cars will make use of two electric vehicle charging stations located in a parking garage below the Hariri Building.

Georgetown University is the first organization in Washington D.C. which takes part in the program. The trial here will begin in December, with Georgetown employees to test-drive one of the vehicles in three month rotations.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Clean Cities and Georgetown University to gain driver feedback on this new technology.  These types of partnerships and programs are critical as we strive to bring advanced-technology and alternative-fuel vehicles to market that meet customer wants and needs,”
said Jaycie Chitwood, manager of Advance Technology Vehicles, TMS.


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