Toyota Motor Sales has signed New York City to its U.S. Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV) demonstration program. The city's administration will use five new Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles as part of Toyota's partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Two of the vehicles will go to NYCDOT and three to the Port Authority. Toyota is delivering 160 of the cars to demonstration programs in the U.S. and 600 worldwide to prepare for its 2012 launch.
Mayor Bloomberg said at a press event that the city's PlaNYC includes a target of 30% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. "Reaching our goal means having a more efficient vehicle fleet, and Toyota continues to be a great partner for City government, which has the world's largest fleet of hybrid vehicles."
According to a joint statement, the city has purchased more than 2,500 Toyota hybrid vehicles for its municipal fleet.