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November 15, 2011updated 12 Apr 2017 4:10pm

LeasePlan UK to trial Toyota plug-in hybrid

The UK division of LeasePlan will be the first leasing company in the country to try the prototype and use of the vehicle will enable LeasePlan to undertake one week of internal tests, including residual value and on-road performance assessments, before making it available to clients to try

By Georgina Lavers

LeasePlan UK has started a trial of the production prototype Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, which will launch in the autumn of 2012.

The UK division of LeasePlan will be the first leasing company in the country to try the prototype and use of the vehicle will enable LeasePlan to undertake one week of internal tests, including residual value and on-road performance assessments, before making it available to clients to try.

The Prius Plug-in hybrid can be driven for approximately 14 miles on electric power alone after a charge from a normal house-hold plug, taking approximately 90 minutes, according to manufacturers. Once the Prius has reached the limits of its electric range it switches to its full hybrid system using the electric motor and petrol engine. 

David Brennan, managing director of LeasePlan UK, said: “We believe it is important for our team to gain first-hand experience of new green vehicles to ensure we can deliver the best advice to our customers.

“We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Toyota, and we are all excited to see what this innovative new model can bring to the table.”

The new Prius model will feature a high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a 1.8litre petrol engine. Combined CO2 emissions are predicted to be 49g/km with combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg.

Ewan Shepherd, general manager of Toyota Fleet, said: “The technology provides all the benefits of an electric vehicle, but without the downsides of limited performance or driving range.”

 

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