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California center for sustainable and SDGE receive Toyota plug-in hybrid vehicles for demonstration program

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SAN DIEGO, 29, 2010 — The California for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and San Gas Electric (SDGE) today three Prius plug-in vehicles (PHV) from Motor Sales, USA, kicking off a 12-month worldwide program to assess the vehicles in real-world driving conditions. A of 600 cars will be deployed including only 150 vehicles to program partners across the Participants have an option to the demonstration for six additional months.

plug-in Prius is an evolutionary in Toyota’s successful hybrid-electric but it is a revolutionary jump forward the automotive industry,” said Ferry, CCSE’s transportation manager. “We are honored to partner Toyota on this exciting program that is leading us a future of cleaner vehicles.”

“San Diego is a national point for electric car deployment and is committed to getting our electric ready to serve the needs of who choose to invest in clean, transportation like the Prius hybrid,” said James P. senior vice president, Supply for SDGE. “This project will help us the electric grid for that day in the near future when vehicles are commonplace on our roadways and For instance, plans are under way to more than 1,500 and public electric vehicle throughout San Diego.”

During the demonstration period, the will be in daily use as both and work vehicles by CCSE and staff members.

The Prius PHV is on the third-generation Prius. The vehicle high-output lithium-ion batteries Hybrid Synergy Drive® to offer an expanded, fully driving mode. The Prius PHV can be in approximately three hours a standard 110V electrical or one and a half hours with a charger.

As it becomes available, from the U.S. demonstration will be posted online at: This website will the operational performance of the vehicles and aspects such as fuel miles driven and charging This data will be to support the development of the Prius PHV that is slated for U.S. in 2012.

When the Prius PHV at Toyota dealerships in 2012, the will qualify for the California Vehicle Rebate Project CCSE administers statewide, provides consumer rebates up to for zero-emission and electric drive according to Ferry.

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Just like a standard Toyota Prius, the Prius PHV a 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter gasoline with an electric motor produces the equivalent of 80 hp. The difference is the PHV can operate in electric-only mode, itself on batteries alone for 13 miles (20 km) up to speeds of 62 mph (100

Toyota is seeking to accomplish goals with its nationwide PHV demonstration program, including the overall performance of its first-generation drive battery, gauging interest in the new technology and assessing market preparedness for plug-in

It is imperative that consumers understand both the potential and the involved in the electrification of the automobile, John Hanson, Toyota’s manager of environmental, safety and communications. Through this program consumers will be on how these new mobility alternatives fit with their transportation their lifestyles and their

SDGE and CCSE are working Juice Technologies of Columbus, to evaluate advanced smart capabilities for plug-in electric that will enable and efficient integration of vehicle with the electricity grid. CCSE is leading a joint with partners SDGE and Inc. with funding the University of California, Davis, to how used electric vehicle can be given a second life in a of smart grid energy applications.

SDGE and CCSE are with ECOtality and local and governments to determine the best for electric vehicle charging The utility is in the process of evaluating the and energy impacts of electric on the distribution system, smart interconnection requirements and “time of electric vehicle charging

SDGE is a regulated public that provides safe and energy service to 3.4 million through 1.4 million electric and more than 840,000 gas meters in San Diego and southern counties. The utility’s area 4,100 square miles. is committed to creating ways to our customers save energy and every day.

SDGE is a of Sempra Energy (NYSE: a Fortune 500 energy services company based in San Diego.

The Center for Sustainable Energy is an nonprofit dedicated to fostering policy and programs to facilitate the of clean, reliable, sustainable and energy technologies and practices. For information on CCSE programs, and services, visit or 1-866-SDENERGY.

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