IEA Executive Director test-drives plug-in-hybrid vehicle

1 April 2011

The performance of a plug-in hybrid vehicle – which uses two sources of power (gasoline and electric) – will be assessed by employees at the International Energy Agency (IEA) over the next few years. The vehicle, a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, has been leased as the Agency’s latest pool car for staff.

Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the IEA, tested the hybrid on 1 April, when he met Michel Gardel, Vice President for External and Environmental Affairs at Toyota Motor Europe.

“Rapid market development of advanced vehicles around the world is one key element in enabling the global economy to achieve the target of halving of CO2 emissions by 2050,” said Mr. Nobuo. “The combination of advanced vehicles powered by clean electricity is the ideal solution.”

"This hands-on experience and testing of a plug-in hybrid, including data collection on vehicle performance regarding battery life and driving range in an urban setting like Paris, will contribute to our analysis and help with policy recommendations towards a sustainable energy future."

This IEA analysis will add to the Agency’s ongoing work with electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, including its involvement in the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), which provides a forum for global co-operation on the development and deployment of electric vehicles.

Participating governments in this Initiative include China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Additionally, the IEA facilitates and coordinates the collection, analysis, and dissemination of EVI data.

The IEA’s term "advanced vehicles" covers electric (which are battery powered), plug-in hybrid (which uses two sources of power – most commonly gasoline and electric) and fuel cell models (which convert hydrogen into electricity).

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