Toyota's Prius Plug-In Approved for California Clean Vehicle Rebate
Today Toyota confirmed that the 2012 Prius Plug-in is approved by California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).
The vehicle will also be eligible for California HOV lane sticker for solo access, and is eligible for a first-come, first served $1,500 rebate available to anyone who purchases or leases a Prius Plug-In for 36 months or longer.
Combined with a $2,500 federal tax credit, California Plug-In consumers could net $4,000 if all incentives are fully taken advantage of.
As explained in our review, the Plug-In utilizes a 4.4-kwh lithium-ion battery. It offers fairly quick recharging at 2.5 to 3 hours using an ordinary 120-volt outlet, or 1.5 hours if with a 240-volt charger.
Toyota has started its limited 2012 roll out to dealerships, with nationwide availability scheduled for 2013.
For now, 14 states will get the Plug-In, these being: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
The base MSRP for the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is $32,000 while the Advanced model has an MSRP of $39,525. This latter version comes standard with features including Premium HDD Navigation with Entune, Plug-In Hybrid Applications through a smartphone, Head-up Display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more.