Toyota Prius Plug-In History

Toyota Prius Plug-In History

Toyota Prius Plug-In History


Since Toyota first introduced the Prius, the carmaker has introduced multiple variants to the hybrid’s lineup. One of the most significant variants is the Toyota Prius Plug-In, which was introduced officially to the market in 2011. As a plug-in variant of the already popular Prius, this hybrid represents Toyota’s dedication to improving their hybrid lineup as much as possible to create a more eco-friendly brand.



Though the car industry first got a glance at the Prius Plug-In in concept form at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the actual production model wasn’t unveiled until September 2011 at the same show. Production for the plug-in hybrid didn’t officially begin until January 2012 at Toyota’s Tsutsumi, Japan, assembly plant after improving its drivetrain based on customer feedback from demonstration units.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Fun Facts

  • Global demonstration of the plug-in began in 2009, taking place in Japan, Europe, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States
  • 48,600 Prius Plug-Ins have been sold worldwide as of December 2013
  • Considered the third best selling plug-in electric car
  • In August 2013, Toyota announced that they will produce a next generation plug-in
  • Toyota is working on a wireless charging method that they are testing on the 2014 Prius Plug-In

Toyota Prius Plug-In Awards

  • Finalist for the 2010 Green Car Vision Award
  • 2012 Urban Green Vehicle of the Year Award
  • Green Car Report’s Best Car to Buy 2012

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Overview