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Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV

Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV

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If you follow car news, you already know that automakers around the globe are preparing to launch an array of plug-in vehicles, from hybrids to full EVs. But while many of those models have already begun creeping toward showrooms, there's one notable absence: the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

As our sister site, Green Car Reports, reported last fall, the launch of the Prius Plug-In has been pushed back to mid-2012. But there's some good news for hybrid fans: the company is providing a handful of Plug-Ins -- eight, to be exact -- to select Zipcar outlets across the nation.

Of course, Zipcar isn't the only fleet with access to the new ride. Back in December, Hertz announced that it would rent the Prius Plug-In to drivers in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other markets. In fact, a total of 160 Prius Plug-Ins are being made available nationwide, with Toyota's goal being to (a) study the performance of the vehicles, and (b) generate buzz among the car-buying public.

No doubt, Zipcar will allow Toyota plenty of opportunities to examine performance. The company seems particularly attractive to eco-minded urbanites, so these eight Plug-Ins will likely be in very high demand. Whether they'll result in buzz -- and ultimately, sales -- is a different question, since Zipcar members aren't necessarily the car-buying type.

The eight Prius Plug-Ins will be available to Zipcar members in Boston/Cambridge, Portland, and San Francisco. For additional details, feel free to scan the press release below. And don't forget to check out John Voelcker's recap of his first drive in the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype last November.
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Zipcar Announces Program with Toyota to Launch Multi-City Introduction of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHVs)


New Program Designed to Further Test and Evaluate How PHVs and EVs Can Lead to Sustainable Networked Transportation Systems

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, Inc., the world's leading car sharing service, today announced the introduction of eight Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHVs) into the Zipcar network, in an effort to further test and evaluate plug-in hybrid technology and gain increased intelligence on how electric vehicles (EVs) can fit into a large-scale car-sharing model.  The Prius PHVs are now available to Zipcar members in Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon

The new vehicles are part of a pilot program with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology, evaluate the performance of the vehicles and help to educate and prepare the public for the electrification of the automobile. The Toyota Prius PHVs, which will become commercially available in 2012, are eight of approximately 160 being distributed by Toyota nationwide.  

Zipcar currently offers three of the vehicles in Cambridge/Boston; one located at the Albany Street Garage on the campus of MIT, one at 33 Arch Street in downtown Boston and one at the Prudential Center.  San Francisco members have access to three of the Prius PHV vehicles, which join a converted plug-in Prius already in the fleet.  One of the vehicles is housed in front of City Hall, one is located in North Point/Fisherman's Wharf and the third is located in Union Square.  Two vehicles are also available in Portland, one at the Portland State University Parking Garage and one at Shaver Green.  The eight Prius PHVs will be available to Zipcar members in Boston/Cambridge, San Francisco and Portland for reservation throughout 2011.


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  1. ZipCar’s PHEV San Francisco fleet will be located at Propark America garages (655 Beach Street, Parc 55 Hotel and Lake Merritt Tower) and will be charged by Juice Bar, Propark’s custom brand of electric vehicle charging stations.
    Propark is recognized as the parking industry leader in green garage sustainability and has just completed construction on the greenest parking garage in the world, Canopy Airport Parking at Denver International Airport.
    On February 14th Propark will be launching the largest ever roll out of Juice Bar’s (electric vehicle charging stations) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The installation of 18 separate charging stations will double the size of the charging infrastructure in San Francisco and will be the first Level-2 chargers in the City of Oakland and the first at Oakland International Airport.
    In conjunction with the mass EV charging roll out Propark will also be launching the first Green Garage Demonstrator sites in the Bay Area at the Beach & Hyde Garage in San Francisco and the Lake Merritt Tower Garage in Oakland.
    A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday February 14th at 10:00am at the Beach & Hyde Garage (655 Beach Street) in San Francisco.
    For more information on Propark go to www.propark.com
     
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  2. Another "Flawless Beauty", from the "RECALL", Manufacturer of the world. I wonder how many people will be electrocuted at sixty miles an hour before Toyota recalls this little gem.
     
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  3. Ace Parking Management, Inc. (a California Corporation) is one of the largest privately held parking companies in the country and the first parking operator to install level 2 charging stations in San Francisco. To compliment our client’s sustainability objectives and to further our environmental friendly practices Ace Parking is installing at “no cost” level 2 charging stations at our managed parking facilities.
    To learn more visit www.aceparking.com
     
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