Toyota announce Plug In Hybrid!

Toyota have announced that they are road testing a plug-in version of the Prius.

http://www.japancorp.net/Article.Asp?Art_ID=14929

This is the off peak electrical load we need to get EDM on the road (literally) in Ireland. According to the published specification, the secondary battery can store about 2.6kWh of energy. If we had 10,000 of these cars in Ireland they would consume 26MWh of off peak wind generated electricity per day. The grid stabilistion effect of this managed load would be a very positive factor in increasing wind energy penetration in Ireland.