Things are operating on a different timetable over in Japan, where Toyota announced just before the Toyota Motor Show that orders are now being taken for the plug-in Prius. The cost is 3.2 million yen ($41,094 U.S. at today's exchange rates) before government subsidies that drop the cost to 2.75 million yen ($35,315). Deliveries are scheduled to start at the end of January.
Globally, Toyota hopes to sell 60,000 Prius Plug-Ins a year. That number includes 35,000-40,000 in Japan and 16,000 in the U.S. Toyota sold around 141,000 standard Prius hybrids in 2010 in the U.S.