Leslies Motors have sponsored the Isle of Wight Council with a brand-new Toyota Hybrid car
“Electric power is the future of motoring, and Leslies Motors has the largest range of hybrid and electric vehicles on the Island. We’re providing the council with a car of the future, to help the council to get a better idea of how to plan for the future. Meanwhile, the sponsorship will help save the council funds spent on fuel, and it’s environmentally friendly”; Graham Vanassche, Leslies Motors Managing Director.
Richard Winter, Local Business Specialist at Leslies Motors, explained; “The new ultra-efficient Toyota Prius Plug-in has an economy figure of 283 miles per gallon, and if needed, it can run solely on electric power. It intelligently swaps between petrol, electric, but often uses both to achieve the incredible economy”.
The Prius is driven like a normal automatic car. It combines a petrol engine and electric motor, and swaps between the two automatically for ultra-efficient motoring. The battery to power the electric motor can be charged by simply driving the car, and when parked it can be plugged into the council’s new plug-in charge bays to maintain a full charge.
County Hall has just installed three double plug-in parking bays for charging plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, to improve its carbon footprint and to off-set the environmental impact of the Isle of Wight Council’s fleet of vehicles. The sponsored Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be the first to consistently test these are operational.
The Prius can be fully charged in under two hours, but also has solar panels on the roof and regenerates power while driving. If, in the unlikely event that the Toyota runs out of power or fuel, it can run on the other.