From Green Right Now Reports
Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents more than 300 of the Silicon Valley’s top employers, today received three Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles as part of Toyota Motor Sales’ U.S. plug-in demonstration program. The car is expected to be widely available in 2012.
A total of 150 PHVs will be delivered to demonstration program partners across the U.S. as part of a global program to demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology, educate and inform the public, and capture real-world driving data.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which is capable of running on only electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, is based on the third-generation Prius. The car combines high-output lithium-ion batteries with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology to offer an expanded, fully electric driving mode. The Prius PHV can be recharged in approximately three hours from a standard 110V electrical outlet or one and a half hours with a 220V charger, Toyota says.
A total of 600 Prius PHVs will be deployed globally, including the 150 in the U.S. Later this summer an additional 30 demonstration program vehicles will be assigned to Silicon Valley groups and companies, including University of California, Berkeley.