EDF (Électricité de France) and Toyota announced their new technology partnership to evaluate Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) in Europe. (Earlier post.) The objective of the partnership is to develop practical solutions for the commercialization of Toyota’s prototype technology.
Under the joint agreement, a small number of Toyota PHEVs will be integrated into EDF’s fleet and will be tested on public roads in France under every-day driving conditions. Road trials of the PHEVs will commence in France in the autumn and may be expanded to other European countries in the future.
The plug-in vehicles are based on the Prius with an expanded NiMH battery pack that can be recharged from the grid. (Earlier post.)
EDF and Toyota have also developed a charging and invoicing system, equipped in each of the test vehicles. This system is compatible with a new generation of public charging stations, which aim to make electric power more accessible on public roads and car parks and to reduce the cost to the customer.
I am delighted by this partnership between EDF and Toyota on a new generation of vehicles. This innovation is a promising move towards acceptance of electricity as a competitive and ecologically-viable source of energy for European motorists. It strives to reconcile the challenges of individual mobility, economic growth and environmental impacts.—Pierre Gadonneix, President and CEO of EDF
The EDF Group is a leading European energy company, present in all areas of the electricity value chain from generation to trading, and increasingly active in the gas chain in Europe. The leader in the French electricity market, the Group also has positions in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Sales in 2006 reached almost €59 billion (US$80 billion).