Speaking at the Beijing Motor Show last week, Toyota executive vice president Takeshi Uchiyamada said his company is looking to start tests of the Prius plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in China as soon as possible. The car, which we had a chance to drive in San Diego recently, is making its China debut at the show.
More details are not available in the U.S. media right now, but it makes a lot of sense for Toyota to test the car in as many places as possible to make the transition from standard to plug-in Prius as smooth as possible for the company and the expected drivers, something Toyota seems very eager to do. In the U.S., for example, about 150 PHEV Priuses will be tested by "universities, corporations, city, state and federal governments, car sharing programs and other subject matter experts." See more details on that program here.