If you have serious plans to purchase a Toyota Prius next year, you would no doubt be interested to hear that Toyota has appointed British Gas as its preferred supplier of EV recharging points.
The energy supplier will, in future, offer both business and private Prius owners a whole array of products to make it more convenient for them to recharge their Prius plug-in hybrid car's batteries. The Prius will start appearing on UK showroom floors in 2012.
The new Prius will be fitted with lithium-ion batteries giving the car a range of only 14 miles in all-electric mode. After that it will switch to conventional mode and the batteries will be recharged. The batteries can also be recharged at a 240V power outlet in about one and a half hours.
The fact that in your average urban driving cycle the car will be driven in electric mode a lot of the time gives it an impressive fuel consumption of 134.5 miles per gallon. CO2 emission levels are equally impressive at only 49 grams per kilometre.
British Gas has, of course, already been chosen by Nissan as the preferred supplier of recharging units for their Leaf electric vehicle. The cost of a purpose-designed recharging unit will be in the region of £800.
The MD of British Gas Smart Homes, Dean Keeling, said "Electric cars are coming of age and this new partnership with Toyota is part of a continued drive by British Gas to make any type of electrically powered car simple, safe and more cost-effective."
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