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Unison in 3rd gen Prius plug-in trial

posted Oct 7, 2012, 8:40 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Oct 7, 2012, 9:13 PM ]
"Hawke’s Bay lines company, Unison Networks Limited, has this week commenced a one-month trial of a third generation Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle, to gain insight into the usage patterns and preferences of plug-in electric vehicle users, whilst evaluate the impact of connection and charging on the network and electricity supply chain. Hawke’s Bay Toyota has offered Unison the use of the plug-in hybrid, which is not currently available on the market. The vehicle is one of only three in New Zealand, with the other two vehicles currently at Massey University.

The third generation Prius features a larger battery, which can be charged from a fifteen-amp socket. In ‘electric only’ mode, the car has an approximate travel distance of 20-30 kilometres and runs the same as conventional vehicles, with a top speed of 100km. In fuel-only mode, drivers can expect the same performance as any normal internal combustion car.

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