Despite some of the more recent hits to the company’s bulletproof reputation, the Toyota Prius continues to be the most iconic of the hybrid vehicles on the market. Even so, it’s still “just” a regular hybrid; that could soon change. A new version is in the works and this take on the Prius will actually be a plug-in hybrid electric model. You can plug into a wall outlet so that it can recharge its internal batteries and the Canadian province of Manitoba will be among the first to actively test the new vehicle.
For these trials, Toyota Canada is partnering up with the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro. The widespread availability of hydro electricity makes Manitoba a good choice for the tests and it helps to position the province to adopt more of these cars in the future. It’s easy enough to see how these electric cars function under the more ideal conditions of California, but how will it hold up to a rough Canadian winter? The one year trial could be quite revealing.[CBC]