Dealer Serving Raleigh Toyota Drivers Announces Toyota's Partnership with Georgetown University

Toyota Dealer serving Raleigh and Fayetteville Toyota shoppers announces Toyota's collaboration with Georgetown University and the Department of Energy. Toyota of Sanford is looking forward to the collaborative studies on PHV technology.
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Oct. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- Toyota of Sanford serving Raleigh Toyota drivers announces the joint partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc (TMS) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program.

The first Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHV) demonstration program in Washington DC is being launched at Georgetown University. Georgetown University will host two Prius loaner vehicles to assist in the global plug-in hybrid study between TMS and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Georgetown University will work in conjunction with TMS and the Department of Energy to study the long-term evaluation of the vehicles, educate and inform the public about the PHV, and also to collect real-world driving data.

“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.

Throughout the study over 150 PHVs will be delivered to over 600 demonstration program partners in the United States and across the world. Georgetown University will begin its study in December with employees test driving the PHV in three month rotations. Employees participating in the study will be able to use the new electric vehicle charging stations in the parking garage below the new LEED-certified Hariri Building. Following green thinking, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“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

PHV cars can currently run for approximately 13 miles at up to 62 mph, similar to the Prius hybrid. Recharging a PHV takes approximately three hours with a standard 110V electrical outlet or 90 minutes with a 220 V connection.    

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Toyota of Sanford serving Fayetteville Toyota drivers urges drivers to read the available data online. Starting in early 2011 data including fuel economy, miles driven, charging times, and additional content  will begin to become available online. Demonstration partners across the world will also be sharing data in the online system to provide an informed view of how the PHV performs in real world driving circumstances.

All the information gathered will be used by TMS to develop the next generation Prius PHV expected in 2012 that will be available at Toyota of Sanford.

To learn more about the PHV study and available inventory at Toyota of Sanford, Raleigh and Fayetteville Toyota shoppers can visit http://www.toyotaofsanford.com/

About Toyota of Sanford:

Toyota of Sanford is a proud member of the Anderson Automotive Group, providing quality automotive services to the people of North Carolina for over 50 years. Toyota of Sanford services the greater Fayetteville, Raleigh and Cary areas with an extensive selection of new and used Toyota cars, vans, SUVs and trucks.  

Contact:

Toyota of Sanford
Sales Manager, Dusty Phillips
3321 Highway 87 South
Sanford, NC 27332
919-708-5000
sales@toyotaofsanford.com
http://www.toyotaofsanford.com

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