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Toyota teams with 5 Japanese power companies on PHV Connected Power Service to encourage more electric driving in Prius PHV

Toyota Motor Corporation will partner with five Japanese power companies—Tohoku Electric Power Co., Ltd.; TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc.; Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc.; Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.; and Shikoku Electric Power Company, Inc. to offer the new PHV Connected Power Service. This service will provide customers of the new Prius PHV with various benefits depending on the distance driven in EV-mode as well as the amount of home charging.

The service seeks to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by encouraging customers who drive the new Prius PHV plug-in hybrid to use the car’s all-electric mode for longer driving distances. This is part of Toyota’s coordination with other industries using the mobility service platform—a core element of its connected strategy.

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Specifically, the EV-mode cruising distance, the amount of electricity charged in one’s home, as well as other information acquired by the data communication module (DCM) that is installed in the Prius PHV, are provided by Toyota to the respective power companies for customers who have submitted service applications. Customers can check this information themselves via the related websites.

Power companies are able to award customers with points based on the performance data. Customers can in turn, use these points to pay their power bills, or exchange them for various products.

Information about the PHV Connected Power Service will be provided to customers via a dedicated website that will be launched simultaneously with the new Prius PHV, and dealers will provide fliers which introduce the contents of services offered by individual power companies.

Comments

HarveyD

PHEVs with 25 to 50 KW battery packs may one of the best interim solution to lower GHG, pollution and liquid fuel consumption?

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