Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid arrives in California

The new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 95MPGe and starts at $32,000 (with $4,000 off for California buyers).

California residents will be happy to know that the Toyota Prius Plug-In has arrived, and will soon be available at dealerships in the state. The plug-in version of Toyota's successful line of hybrids is expected to get 95 miles per gallon equivalent.

The car can drive up to 11 miles in electric mode, and in the event that the battery dies out, the car can still get an EPA combined rating of 50 miles per gallon. Between its extended electric vehicle mode and its Lithium-ion power, Toyota claims the Prius Plug-In is EPA-rated for a total driving range of 540 miles.

The standard Plug-In Hybrid will be available for $32,000, while the advanced version will sell for $39,525. But, as Toyota is quick to point out, the car qualifies for a $4,000 discount in California, including the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, worth $1,500, and the $2,500 federal income tax credit.

Keep in mind, however, that this tax credit is actually worth one third of the amount awarded to consumers who purchase the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt - both of which have larger batteries, and thus qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500.

The Prius Plug-In is expected to launch in fourteen states: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. The model is expected to be available nationally in 2013.

Photos: Toyota

via [AutoblogGreen]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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