It is not just environmentally friendly, it is also cost effective.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 23, 2012
2012 Toyota Prius PHEV-11 – $32,000 to start with 11-miles all-electric range and a 50 mpgUS combined rating when “off-the-plug”.
Prius PHEV is a standard Prius in every way except for the fact it can travel 11 miles at up to 62 mph on stored energy in its 4.4 kWh sized Li-Ion pack.
A full charge using any 120V AC outlet takes between 2.5 and 3.0 hours or 1.5 hours using a 240V outlet. The included 120v charging cable connects to the charging port inlet located on the right-rear fender.
In addition to offering Entune, Toyota’s new multimedia system, available smartphone applications developed for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid include Charge Management, Remote Air Conditioning System, Charging Station Map, Vehicle Finder and Eco Dashboard.
Li-Ion pack Recycling
Toyota Motor Europe announced its intention to partner with Belgium-based Umicore for sustainable recycling of Li-ion batteries in Europe.
Umicore’s unique rechargeable battery recycling process uses a patented Ultra High Temperature (UHT) smelting technology. It allows for the recycling of valuable elements such as cobalt, nickel and copper from spent Li-ion batteries in a cost efficient and environmentally friendly way. Umicore is also the only company in the world operating two dedicated hybrid vehicle or full electric vehicle battery pack dismantling lines in Germany and the USA.
The two companies are currently in the process of finalizing the partnership agreement.
In October last year, Toyota Europe became one of the first European OEMs to announce a new partnership for the recycling of NiMH batteries found in all Toyota and Lexus full hybrid models sold since 2000.