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:
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.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.
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.