Toyota To Display Plug-In Prius at Congressional TVA Caucus Field Hearing in Nashville

Jun 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from Toyota

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Toyota will display
 a prototype plug-in Prius hybrid at Legislative Plaza on Monday, June 16,
 during a field hearing on electric drive vehicles called for by the
 Congressional TVA Caucus.
     The prototype Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) enhances the high
 fuel economy and ultra-low emissions of the popular Toyota Prius production
 hybrid model with an expanded Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery pack that can be
 charged by plugging into a standard household electrical outlet. With more
 electric power in reserve, the vehicle is capable of operating in
 pure-electric mode for longer periods of time and at speeds up to 60 mph.
     By 2010, Toyota will have its next generation plug-in hybrid with
 Lithium-Ion batteries being tested by commercial fleets in the U.S. and
 elsewhere. With over 1.5 million hybrid sales worldwide, Toyota is the
 established leader in hybrid technology.
     "As we look ahead, we believe hybrids will continue to raise the bar
 for new technology," said Robert Wimmer, Toyota's national manager for
 Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Energy & Environmental Research. "Plug-in
 hybrids can offer substantial gains in fuel economy and a reduction in
 total tailpipe emissions."
     Toyota will also display current hybrid production models, including
 Prius, Camry and Highlander. These much in demand models are producing
 considerable fuel savings and reduced emissions.
     "When considering the benefit of new technologies, we must understand
 the relationship between large sales volumes and fuel savings," Wimmer
 said. "For example, if we double sales of a hybrid model, the fuel savings
 is greater than doubling its fuel economy with no change in sales volume.
 Therefore, it is critical that new technologies, such as plug-ins and fuel
 cells are introduced at a price point and utility that allow for high
 volume sales. Otherwise, their environmental benefit will be negligible.
     The Congressional TVA Caucus field hearings on electric drive vehicles
 will begin at 10:15 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 12. A tour of all
 manufacturer's vehicles and a media availability will take place at the
 main entrance of Legislative Plaza on 6th Avenue from 9:30 to 10 a.m.