Toyota Tests Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle in WeCar Car Sharing Program at Yahoo!

WeCar by Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid demonstration vehicle (PHV) to the WeCar program at Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale, Calif., campus.

WeCar car sharing complements Yahoo!'s Enterprise Rideshare program - a vanpool service for commuters - to provide a transportation alternative for Yahoo! employees. WeCar provides vehicles for personal use during the work day to more than 50 Enterprise Rideshare participants on Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale and Santa Clara campuses. 

"Enterprise is broadening the robust transportation solutions offered to Yahoo! by adding the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the WeCar car-sharing program," said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar. "Together, WeCar by Enterprise and Enterprise Rideshare help alleviate traffic and parking congestion, reduce commuter time and cost, and decrease fuel consumption and emissions."

Toyota is delivering more than 160 Prius PHV vehicles across the United States as part of a demonstration program. The purpose of the program is to educate and inform the public about plug-in hybrid technology and gather real-world driving data. A fully charged Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicle is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds of up to 62 mph. For longer distances, the Plug-In Hybrid vehicle reverts to conventional hybrid mode, operating as a regular Prius. The Prius PHV can be fully charged in approximately three hours from a standard 110-volt electrical outlet, or in 90 minutes with a 220-volt connection. 

Enterprise will continue to work with Toyota to test the PHV in other WeCar programs that will be implemented in the coming weeks.

"With Enterprise expanding its transportation solutions to offer alternative-fuel vehicles, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle is a natural fit for Yahoo!'s WeCar program," said Mary Nickerson, national manager, advance technology vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "We look forward to gathering feedback from Yahoo! employees after driving the Prius PHV to ensure these advanced-technology vehicles exceed customer expectations."

Enterprise has introduced electric vehicles (EVs) throughout California, as well as Oregon, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina and New York. As part of the nation's largest EV rental roll-out, the company plans to add EVs in new markets through Enterprise's neighborhood locations, local business rental programs and WeCar car-sharing programs.

WeCar offers mostly hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology's speed, efficiency and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. WeCar is supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network of more than 5,500 rental offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. The program builds on Enterprise's track record for making "virtual cars®" convenient and affordable for those who buy for the need and rent for the exception. 

Organizations interested in WeCar can learn more at For more information about the Prius PHV Demo program and Toyota's commitment to the environment, visit

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