Toyota Motor Corp.'s 2012 Prius plug-in hybrid has been approved for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program of California. It has also been approved for use in the carpool lanes of the state. The program is California's zero-emission vehicle subsidy for customers. It is a scheme that provides a rebate of $2,500 to buyers of eligible plug-in hybrid, electric or fuel-cell automobiles in California.
Toyota has revealed that buyers of the Prius plug-in hybrid can qualify for an additional rebate of $1,500 on a first-come basis. Prius plug-in owners can also use the state's high occupancy automobile carpool lane sticker.
Last week, General Motors' Chevrolet Volt also obtained approval for California carpool lanes. The Toyota Prius plug-in was offered for sale beginning this month. It comes in two models -- the Prius Plug-in with a starting price of $32,760, and the Prius Plug-in Advanced with a price that begins at $40,285.
The prices include shipping costs. The two models are eligible for HOV sticker and CVRP incentives, according to Toyota. They are initially available in California, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. A national debut is planned for next year.