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New Jersey Pantry Wins First Wave of Prius MPG Challenge with 365 MPGe

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Back in May, Toyota announced its first annual Prius MPG Challenge, which would reward charitable organizations for driving a borrowed Prius Plug-In and achieving the highest overall MPG possible in a thirty day period.

Toyota Prius MPG ChallengeWith the completion of the first of five separate waves, Toyota has announced that The Helping Hands Food Pantry of Teaneck, N.J. has won with an astounding cumulative 356 MPGe.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry, a “donation-run group…that provides free, supplemental groceries to needy residents,” drove their Prius 506 miles in the 30-day span and nearly quadrupled the Prius Plug-In’s already impressive EPA-estimated 95 MPGe.

By relying more on the Prius’ lithium-ion battery than on its petrol-fuelled capabilities, Helping Hands Food Pantry outpaced the other competitors by using less than $7 on gas over the course of a month’s worth of collecting food donations on more than 30 different trips.  As a result, Toyota is awarding Helping Hands a $2,500 contribution, which will be used in their efforts to help their community.

The second wave of the Prius MPG Challenge is officially underway.  The field of seven competing non-profits from the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area certainly have their work cut out for them if they hope to follow up this phenomenal achievement.

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