Two Canadians and a Toyota Prius PHV are competing in Monte Carlo at the world’s oldest and most prestigious green rally race, the Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles.

The Toyota Prius PHV’s features will be put to the test in situations that simulate real world conditions in terms of fuel consumption and performance during the three day Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles.

The Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles runs March 21-23, 2013 and kicks off the 2013 FIA Alternative Energies Cup season.

Organized by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the event has been held each year since 2000, attracting over 300 competitors who must drive about 1,000 km (621 miles) over the course of three days.

The Prius PHV utilizes a proven lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a conventional household electricity outlet or a public charging post. It has the fastest charging time of any plug-in vehicle on the market – approximately 180 minutes using a 110V outlet and 90 minutes with 220V.

“Toyota hybrid systems are proven in the real world.” said Stephen Beatty, Chief Environmental Officer at Toyota Canada Inc. “It’s no wonder Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive is the choice powertrain when benchmarking fuel efficiency, it explains why over a quarter of the entrants in this year’s rallye are powered by Toyota’s HSD system.”

The Alternative Energies Cup season features 12 green rallies, including one stop in Canada, the Rallye Vert de Montréal.

Toyota Canada gained entry into the Monaco rally by winning the Montreal event for the 2nd  time last October. Vinh Pham will once again jump behind the wheel of the Prius PHV, with Alan Ockwell as his navigator.