The first orders for the third generation Toyota Prius Plug–in Hybrid will start retailing in Japan by the end of January next year. The US markets, meanwhile, would get to drive the car by coming spring. However, the initial availability would be in 14 states, and a nationwide rollout would happen by 2013. We hear sales in the European region will start next summer.
With the addition of batteries and an external charge function, the Prius PHV will afford 16.4 miles (26.4 km) of electric range and has almost half the CO2 emissions compared with the previous outings.
Having a full tank and battery could make 620 miles range. The Prius PHV is marked with a fuel consumption rating of 112mpg (2.2 liter / 100 km). Unlike the previous versions that came with nickel-metal hydride batteries, this one uses 4.4 kWh Lithium-ion batteries co-built by Panasonic. This ensures a wider electric range and can be charged in 90 minutes from a usual source.
Toyota envisages sales of 60,000 Prius PHVs a year globally, with 16000 in the US and about 35000 to 40000 in Japan.
The US pricing will be $32,000, variable with government incentives. Japan has tagged a 3.2 million yen ($41,094) pricing for the vehicle and can be grabbed for 2.75 million yen ($35,315) with government subsidies. In Europe, the vehicle will sell for 37,000 euros (in Germany).
The production version was earlier showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show and had won several awards including the 2012 Urban Green Vehicle of the Year Award.
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