Toyota Motor Corp. said the 2012 Prius plug-in hybrid has been approved for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and for use in the state's carpool lanes.
California's zero-emission vehicle subsidy for consumers, the rebate program offers a $2,500 rebate for buyers of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell vehicles in California.
The Prius plug-in hybrid is eligible for an additional $1,500 rebate to consumers on a first-come basis, Toyota said.
Owners of the Prius plug-in also are eligible for California's high occupancy vehicle carpool lane sticker. The Chevrolet Volt from General Motors was approved for California carpool lanes last week.
The Toyota Prius plug-in, which went on sale this month, is available in two models: the Prius Plug-in, which starts at $32,760, and the Prius Plug-in Advanced, which starts at $40,285. Prices include shipping.
Both are eligible for CVRP incentives and HOV sticker, Toyota said.
The vehicles initially are available in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. A national launch is planned for 2013.