Toyota is continuing its deployment of 150 Prius plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) throughout the United States, with six of them delivered to the Clean Communities of CNY program in Syracuse, NY. The Clean Communities program is run by the Department of Energy and the cars going to upstate New York will be used by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE and CuseCar.
CuseCar is a non-profit community-based network car-sharing service where members will be able to rent the plug-in hybrids for their short-term driving needs. SyracuseCoE is a local group of companies and organizations that are collaborating to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in urban areas.
Like the other Prius PHEVs around the country, the six vehicles will be uploading data to the http://www.toyota.com/esq micro-site where people will be able to check out the usage patterns of the cars and what kind of real world mileage they are getting. This could actually be a very beneficial site to anyone thinking of acquiring a PHEV as they will be able to check their own usage against the data on the site to determine if a PHEV is the best choice for their needs.