Prius Plug-In Studies At Georgetown

Students come from all over the country to study at Georgetown University. Soon, Toyota will be studying there, too–specifically, the performance of two Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) being loaned to the university as part of a global study in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program aimed at the long-term evaluation of PHVs.

This study will see more than 150 PHVs delivered to demonstration program partners across the U.S., as well as 600 partners throughout the world, to demonstrate how plug-in hybrid technology works in the day to day lives of people in diverse regions of the world; capture real-world driving data; and whet the public’s appetite for plug-in hybrid cars.

Prius PHV

image via Toyota

“By taking steps toward accommodating electric vehicle use, Georgetown continues to advance our sustainability goals, including the reduction of our carbon footprint,” said Karen Frank, vice president for university facilities and student housing at Georgetown, in a statement.

The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity alone for approximately 13 miles (at speeds up to 62 mph), after which it switches over to perform like a conventional Prius hybrid. Starting in December, Georgetown employees will be able to use the vehicles on loan to the university (presumably for purposes related to work) in three month rotations.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.