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