Toyota announces pricing on plug-in hybrid Prius

Toyota has announced pricing and availability for it’s new plug-in hybrid Prius.   The Prius PHEV in will be available in two different models – the base model, which will have an MSRP of $32,000, and the Advanced, with an MSRP of $39,525.   Both models will probably qualify for a $2,500 federal tax credit.

It’ll take a little while before you can drive one, however.   Toyota is saying that the plug-in Prius will only be available in 14 states to start – California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.   And while you can buy the Prius PHEV starting in October, they won’t actually be delivered to you until the spring of 2012.  National rollout won’t be happening until 2013, according to Toyota.

Here’s some more details on the plug-in Prius:  you can charge it’s lithium-ion battery using a standard 120-volt household outlet in 2 and a half to 3 hours – no dedicated charging unit needed.   If  you do have a 240-volt outlet, it’ll charge full in 1 and a half hours.   It can operate in electric only mode (EV mode) for an estimated 15 miles at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour.

Toyota will also have its bigger Prius v hybrid available for purchase (and delivery) in October.   The Prius v will be available in 3 trim models.    The Two ($26,400 MSPR, the Three ($27,165 MSRP), and the Five ($29,990 MSRP).

via: PC Magazine

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