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A Toyota Prius fit for a Prince

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco today took delivery of the very first production Toyota Prius Plug-in available in Europe for a two month loan.

The new vehicle could soon replace the standard Prius His Serene Highness currently uses.

"We are proud to deliver our first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle in Europe to His Serene Highness," said Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. "We are honoured to continue our long standing partnership to contribute to the environmental and sustainability objectives defined by H.S.H. Prince Albert II."

In February, 2012, the Monegasque government introduced a new incentive scheme under the direction of Prince Albert to encourage environmentally friendly vehicles in the Principality. The scheme allows for subsidies of €5,500 for full hybrid vehicles emitting less than 60 g/km of CO2, while full electric vehicles can receive subsidies of up to €9,000.

Leading by example, Albert II will now use the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid for private purposes, a vehicle delivering low CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid incorporates a lithium-ion battery to offer an EV driving range of 15.5 miles, and can be recharged in 90 minutes. Beyond the electric driving range, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be used as a conventional full hybrid, like standard Prius, giving fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg on the combined cycle.

With a choice of 424 free charging stations in Monaco, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can travel around the Principality using pure electric mode, generating zero CO2, NOx or particulate matter emissions.

Posted on 02.07.2012
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