Third Consecutive Title For Toyota with Plug-in Hybrid

For the third straight year, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (PHV) has led Toyota Canada to victory in the Rallye Vert de Montréal, a world championship of “green” rallies.

The Rallye International Vert de Montréal is the seventh of nine such event held around the world this year and the only Canadian stop on the annual Fédération Internationale de l’automobile (FIA) Alternative Energies Cup tour. It’s a three-day “green” rally covering a distance of 600 kilometers.

Challenging advanced technology vehicles to be as efficient as possible, the rally includes eco-friendly cars using alternative energy or fuel sources such as gasoline, electricity, propane, biofuel and diesel.

The PHV, with its Hybrid Synergy Drive platform, placed first in fuel consumption, with only 19 liters of fuel used for the 530 km of rallying, returning an average fuel efficiency of 3.6L/100 km.

As an additional highlight for the Toyota family, the Lexus CT 200h recorded the second-best efficiency, at 4.3L/100 km. The results are notable, particularly as other companies have been comparing the performance of their vehicles to the Prius, and Toyota says results like these demonstrate how it remains the benchmark for green vehicles.

The PHV was also first in regularity (speed accuracy). A key element of winning the rally is a combination of the fuel consumption and regularity rankings. By placing first in both categories the PHV was the rally’s decisive winner, with the CT200h placing a strong second.

“The PHV has consistently demonstrated that its user-selectable EV mode for short trips and hybrid fuel efficiency for everything else is a winning combination,” said Stephen Beatty, Chief Environmental Officer of Toyota Canada Inc. “The key to victory for the PHV was its engine, which allows the driver to manually select between the EV and the hybrid mode seamlessly. The outstanding performance of the PHV and CT 200h in the Montreal rally was a compelling demonstration of the depth and breadth of Toyota’s leadership in green engineering.”

With the PHV winning the Montreal rally, Toyota Canada has earned a berth in the Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles, to be held next March. The Monaco event is the world’s oldest and most prestigious green rally. It will be the first rally on the 2013 FIA Alternative Energies Cup calendar.

The PHV was driven by Vinh Pham, Toyota Canada’s Advanced Technology and Powertrain Engineer, who was assisted by navigator Alan Ockwell. Pham was also behind the wheel when Toyota Canada claimed the 2011 title.

Readers can visit the Toyota Canada Prius Plug-in Facebook page to learn more about the PHV and see pictures of the Montreal rally.

Information about FIA’s Alternative Energies Cup can be found here.


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  • Chuck in NJ……

    PHEV…was my ONLY electric/hybrid alternative choice when I ordered my PLUG IN last March..i was almost convinced that the move from my Prius liftback 5 to increase mileage from 56 Mpg up to 87 at that earlier EPA estimate Mpge…..was a good choice but now Iam totally convinced that it wasthe best choice….i have gone from 56 to 87 to 95 and now have seen that the more I plug in the better i can increase my Mpge ….its now up to 180 Mpge or better…..i go for over 45 days on one 10.6 gal tankful and more if i so desire…..just remember plug away and you you will not pay more for gasoline …its infinate as far as how far a gallon of gas can go with the Phev Prius Plug in…..choose the plug not the pump……..enjoy

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    If Pip was the winner and CT200 was the second place winner, then Prius C, Prius Gen III would have easily beaten the CT200…

    This is another “scam” attempt by the Toyota to advertise the PIP (which is about as inferior as its gets in its EV mode in comparison with just about every other plugin hybrids).

    @Chuck in NJ,

    Are you serious? Your lack of the knowledge in the plugin market shows in your comment. Volt was clearly avaiable back in March before you ordered your Prius. If you claim that you drive so much in EV mode as in your Prius Plugin, you would have been able to stay in EV mode only as in Volt.

    BTW, I have driven the Prius Plugin and you would have drive slower and “feather” the pedal to stay in EV mode….

    Nobody wants to drive like a “Grandma”….

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Why would anyone be proud of a Plugin car that rated “6 miles Electric miles ONLY” by EPA is beyond me…

    That is right. Look at the sticker. It is rated by EPA as 6 miles electric ONLY and 11 miles in “mixed” driving. Yet, just about every Pip owners and fan become a sucker to Toyota’s Prius ads of “15 miles” electric range…

    It is a “shame” that PIP even call itself a “plugin” and EV owners should definitely hate it since it “hogs” up public available charging station for other EV users…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Why would anyone be proud of a Plugin car that rated “6 miles Electric miles ONLY” by EPA is beyond me…

    That is right. Look at the sticker. It is rated by EPA as 6 miles electric ONLY and 11 miles in “mixed” driving. Yet, just about every Pip owners and fan become a sucker to Toyota’s Prius ads of “15 miles” electric range…

    It is a “shame” that PIP even call itself a “plugin” and EV owners should definitely hate it since it “hogs” up public available charging station for other EV users…

  • DownUnder

    MMF,

    It’s totally correct for PIP calls itself Plug-in Hybrid. It’s a hybrid and can be plugged-in. Why do you object?
    No shame at all for Toyota here. How about you?

  • DownUnder

    MMF,
    As discussed many many times on this site (and others), the size of the battreis (and hence the pure EV range) depends on your driving pattern and pocket.
    Nobody wants to drive like a “Grandma”. How do you define “nobody”? At least Grandmas will drive like a Grandma. :)