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Toyota says it expects U.S. sales of its Prius Plug-in to hit at least 16,000 in 2012.

Toyota spokesman, John Hanson, told Bloomberg News that:
We think it's going to be a strong seller and we'll deliver to whatever level the market wants. We're certainly on line to sell 16,000 to 17,000 in 2012.
Hanson says the Prius Plug-in will have an electric-only range of at least 13 miles and claims that, like a standard Prius, the plug-in version will return approximately 50 miles per gallon in city and highway driving.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, the Prius Plug-in will likely have a price tag that's below $30,000. The Prius Plug-in is expected to sell for $3,000 to $5,000 more than the standard Prius, which starts at $23,520, according to Toyota spokeswoman, Jana Hartline. Toyota sold 140,928 Priuses in 2010. Though Hanson didn't really elaborate on the release date of the Prius Plug-in, he did say that it will launch "very early" in 2012.

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[Source: Bloomberg News]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Another piece of excellent news for the EV industry. It's exciting to soon have, besides the Volt and Leaf, the Prius plug-in and Fisker Karma.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Give it some more miles and it will sell well at $26-$28k. I agree, 20 miles would be good stuff. It would only take 2-3 kilowatt hours more to get it into the 20 mile zone. At about $500 per kilowatt hour, that would not be expensive. Toyota would be crazy to not include a higher-level option that has a bigger battery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. That plug-in Prius will probably be a big hit because it is cheap. But I'd like to see something the reduces gas burning even more by having a bigger battery and the ability to drive a little faster on electricity alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you look at the real-world data from CABLED EV trail posted yesterday (see below), Prius PHV's battery pack was sized very smartly. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/21/real-world-results-from-uks-cabled-electric-vehicle-trial/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does the Prius Plug-in qualify for the $7500 federal tax credit?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It should qualify for $3,000 tax credit based on the prototype's 5.2 kWh battery pack.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No because you need 16kWh of battery to qualify. This just happens to be exactly the amount of batteries that the volt contains, and the 2nd generation of volt scheduled to be released after federal subsidies have expired is expected to have less battery capacity. It has been a while since I read the regulations, but I think that as long as Toyota included at least 4kWh of batteries it should qualify for a $2,500 tax credit. Add that to a 50% reduction in fuel costs and the plug in prius may become the most popular plug in vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope they also upgrade the looks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds quite good, if only the electric range was a just a bit more, say 20 miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just about to say that. 20 miles would be a reasonable compromise. Anyway there is a - somewhat little - chance to see a significantly larger AER when the production model arrives, because the regenerative braking system is improved and there are rumors even the battery chemistry is improved (higher energy density) compared to the well-known prototype model. With 20+ miles AER at this price Prius PHV would simply slaughter Volt sales. (I'm afraid with olny 13+ miles AER, it will massacre that too :)
          • 4 Years Ago
          That's the question; not the stated AER, but what will the moderately light drivers get and what will the extremely light footed max-regen utilizing people get? Some people took Volts up to 55ish miles on a charge. It'll be interesting to see what the prius plug in can do.
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