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L-R: Richard Winter, Cllr Dave Stewart and Cllr Wayne Whittle

VIDEO: Leslies Motors have handed over a brand new Toyota Prius to the Isle of Wight Council to help the authority understand how best to plan for the future when it comes to motoring and the local environment.

The Isle of Wight Council has installed 3 double plug-in parking bays for pool cars at County Hall, enabling the charging of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to improve the council’s carbon footprint and to off-set the environmental impact of it’s fleet of vehicles. The sponsored Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be the first to use the new bays in regular operation.

Graham Vanassche, Leslies Motors Managing Director has said:

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“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”

Richard Winter, Local Business Specialist at Leslies Motors, explains:

“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.

Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Dave Stewart has commented:

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“This is a great initiative, and we appreciate Leslies Motors working with us, putting a plug-in hybrid electric car out on the road. We think it will be the future for the Island”.

The Prius can be fully charged in under 2 hours, but also has solar panels on the roof and regenerates power while driving. In the unlikely event that the Toyota runs out of power or fuel, it can run on the other.

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