Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid hits California shores

Toyota Prius Plugin Deliveries

Last weekend a ship carrying the first Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles arrived in a California Port. The cargo ship is now headed to Long Beach to deliver more Prius Plug-ins.

These Prius Plug-ins will be delivered to the first driver’s of the plug-in hybrid Prius vehicles in the United States. Customers in the Bay area of San Francisco are expected to receive delivery in the next week or two. Since Toyota has added a plug-in hybrid option to the iconic Prius, it will be interesting to see how much of the electric vehicle market share the Prius will take away from the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiev and the Tesla Model S.

Toyota is expecting to sell 15,000 units of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in the first year of sales. The Toyota Prius Plug-in will initially be available in 14 states with a national rollout planned for 2013. The 14 states are: Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and of course California.

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is officially rated at 95MPGe, which only puts it slightly behind the fully electric Nissan Leaf.