Toyota Plug-In Hybrid Wins Green Rally
Toyota is racing its plug-in hybrids, PHEV and the Prius PHEV just won the Rallye Vert de Montréal for the third year in a row. Now most of us expect green rallies to be won by Tesla or souped up version of the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi’s i MiEV but this Toyota Prius PHEV won the Alternative Energies Cup tour.
Toyota Green Racing. Toyota is big in the racing scene with its Indy cars and other sports prototype but all use its gasoline technology, even if it is bringing out hybrids in endurance race. Still, we don’t automatically think of its Prius as a racing candidate. Even if a some of us have seen a few Prii impress us on highways zipping in and out of lanes, the car is not necessarily known for its stellar handling. All things to the contrary, the PHEV did place first in fuel consumption having sipped only 50.1 gallons of fuel on the 329.32 miles of race. This gave the racing Prius PHEV an average fuel efficiency of 65.33 MPG while racing.
Toyota is making due on its promise to concentrate on hybrids, as it has told us a few weeks ago, see our: “Toyota Scales Back Electric Car Roadmap” It makes sense for such a big car manufacturer to concentrate on what it does best and continue its number one position on the global market. After all, Toyota has nothing to prove and everything to lose if it went out after a new alternative energy propulsion system. This can be left to other carmakers eager to make a dent in the lion’s share of the market.
Alternative Energies Cup. And just what is the Alternative Energies Cup? The Rallye International Vert de Montréal is part of nine global events sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'automobile, FIA and its Alternative Energies Cup tour. The three-day green rally event races over 372 miles. The rally is aimed to challenge racing alternative energy cars using alternative energy and, or other fuel sources. As such gasoline, electricity, propane, biofuel and diesel races for efficiency.
Who Was Second Best? None other than the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid’s close cousin achieved second place, the Lexus CT 200h. The Lexus achieved pretty respectable numbers with 54.7 MPG. The key elements as was reported in HybridCars was a combination of an average of fuel consumption and regularity, something both vehicles placed first in.