First plug-in Prius delivered to Prince Albert II of Monaco03 July 2012
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has taken delivery of the very first production Toyota Prius Plug-in available in Europe for a two-month loan. The new vehicle could soon replace the standard Prius His Serene Highness currently uses.
"We are proud to deliver our first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Europe to His Serene Highness," says Didier Leroy, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. "We are honoured to continue our long standing partnership to contribute to the environmental and sustainability objectives defined by H.S.H. Prince Albert II."
In February, 2012, the Monegasque government introduced a new incentive scheme under the direction of His Serene Highness to encourage environmentally friendly vehicles in the Principality. The scheme allows for subsidies of €5,500 for full hybrid vehicles emitting less than 60g/km of CO2, while full electric vehicles can receive subsidies of up to €9,000.
Delivering low CO2 emissions of 49g/km, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid incorporates a lithium-ion battery to offer an EV driving range of 15.5 miles, and can be recharged in 90 minutes. Beyond the electric driving range, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be used as a conventional full hybrid, like standard Prius, giving fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg on the combined cycle.
With a choice of 424 free charging stations in Monaco, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can travel around the Principality using pure electric mode, generating zero CO2, NOx or particulate matter emissions.
As a recognised leader in full hybrid technology, with sales of over 4 million full hybrid units globally, Toyota welcomes the initiatives of His Serene Highness to promote the sales of environmentally friendly cars, helping the Principality become a world leader in sustainable mobility.
Toyota GB plc
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