Toyota and CATARC to Start Plug-in Hybrid Tests in China

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and the Chinese government-affiliated China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have agreed agreement to conduct joint verification tests of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid"in Tianjin.

The goal of the verification tests, which are to start within this year, is to determine the adaptability and usefulness of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in China. TMC will select drivers to evaluate the vehicle during use for commuting and other daily purposes, while CATARC and TMC will measure fuel efficiency, charging times, electric-vehicle driving range, etc., and will analyze and evaluate 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. Greater use of it is in lockstep with China’s electrification policy.

—TMC Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada

TMC has already started verification tests of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in Rokkasho Village, Japan; Boulder City, United States; and the city of Strasbourg in France. The vehicle is scheduled for commercial launch at the start of 2012.

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