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Green car loans customers mat be impressed with French trial

Motorists who could see themselves taking out car loans for electric vehicles in the future may want to keep a close eye on a trial being carried out in France.

Motorists who could see themselves taking out car loans for electric vehicles in the future may want to keep a close eye on a trial being carried out in France.

Toyota and EDF have joined forces and come up with a plan to reduce the country's carbon footprint.

From the end of 2009, the companies will supply about 100 plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) to firms in Strasbourg for three years.

The initiative has received cash from the Research Fund - run by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.

According to Toyota, its main aim is to develop the performance and technology of PHVs, while EDF is keen to look into different ways of organising the necessary charging infrastructure.

Both groups have said they want to pave the way for widespread use of PVHs in the future.

In other news that may impress car loans customers who prioritise safety, Toyota recently announced it had developed the first ever rear-seat centre airbag to protect passengers during side-on collisions.


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