has made its largest U.S. Prius fleet sale so far, announcing a deal to supply
287 of the petrol-electric hybrid sedans to the city and state of New York.

TMS executive vice president and chief operating officer Jim Press announced
the deal today at the New York motor show.

New York city is to buy 231 hybrids for use by municipal agencies while the
state’s MTA NYC Transit has agreed to buy a further 56 for a number of programmes,
including bus road control, route planning and management and support operations.

In addition, New Jersey will purchase another 33 vehicles for use by the state’s
central motor pool and the port authority.

At the New York show, Press presented the keys of the city’s first Prius to
Lawrence Reuter, president of MTA NYC Transit.

Reuter has pursued aggressive emission reduction and clean fuel programmes
including the development of a fleet of hybrid-electric buses and the conversion
to ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel of a fleet of 4,400 buses, years in advance
of federal regulations.

The Prius went on sale in the U.S. last summer and more than 9,000 have been
sold so far against an annual target of 12,000 a year.

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