Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Joins London’s Openstart Taxi Company
“Prius Plug-in is set to join the army of hybrids beloved by London’s licensed minicab drivers. Openstart Ltd has ordered 80 of the rechargeable hatchbacks, making them available to private hire operators for the first time through the Public Carriage Office (PCO).”
According to the official Toyota Blog site.
Hamid Tehrani, Openstart’s owner and managing director, stated:
“We have always been pioneers of new technology in the PCO, right from when we first introduced automatic transmission to our fleet, something that’s gone on to become a default feature.”
“We are delighted now to be including Prius Plug-in, introducing our customers to the great benefits of Toyota’s simple, reliable, low emissions plug-in hybrid system.”
Stuart Ferma, Toyota’s National Fleet Sales Manager, commented:
“Our hybrid Prius and seven-seat Prius+ are proven favourites as private hire vehicles and we’re delighted that we are able to help Openstart develop the potential of Prius Plug-in as another strong proposition through the PCO.
“Prius Plug-in can deliver lower running costs, lower emissions and ease of use in the urban environment. And unlike all-electric vehicles it’s a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ proposition, as the hybrid petrol engine is automatically engaged should energy levels be depleted, or extra power be needed.”
Openstart has already taken delivery of 50 of its new Prius Plug-in.
One claim put forth by Toyota caught our attention for being questionable – perhaps it’s a cumulative thing?:
“Prius Plug-in has the potential to offer hours of emissions-free driving around the capital, thanks to its excellent all-electric driving range…”
Source: Toyota Blog