2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Toyota will unveil the production version of its Prius Plug-In Hybrid in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- The 2013 Prius Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in spring 2012 in 15 states.
- A full nationwide rollout isn't slated until 2013.
TOKYO — The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid finally breaks cover next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. As part of an unusually long gestation period, the Prius PHV will go on sale in spring 2012 in 15 states, some two and a half years after the car was unveiled as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, with a full nationwide rollout not slated until calendar 2013.
Toyota has been taking orders on the Prius PHV from U.S. customers since earlier this year, through a dedicated Web site.
The first states to receive the car are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
The automaker said the Prius PHV will return the equivalent of 107 mpg, with ultra-low CO2 emissions of 49 g/km, and will offer "significantly extended EV driving range for shorter journeys."
The Prius PHV will feature a lithium-ion battery pack in place of the nickel-metal-hydride pack in the standard 2011 Prius.
Edmunds.com says: Toyota's first head-to-head competitor for the Chevy Volt.