Automakers don’t often get caught under-promising when it comes to announcing new vehicles, but that’s apparently what happed with the newest member of the Toyota Prius family: Although initially projected to return 87 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), the new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has actually been certified by the EPA to achieve 95 MPGe. That pleasant surprise comes as the vehicle is just now starting to arrive at select Toyota dealerships, and there’s more good news, too.
California also has announced that the 2012 Prius Plug-in qualifies for the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). This effort, created to help boost ownership of zero-emissions vehicles along with cars and trucks with certain clean-vehicle technologies, offers rebates of $1,500 for Prius Plug-in owners. And remember, the vehicle also is eligible for both a $2,500 federal tax credit and a State of California “High Occupancy Vehicle” (HOV) sticker, the latter of which gives drivers access to the special HOV lanes on California highways. (Naturally, a variety of rules and restrictions apply to all these benefits, so be sure to check with the appropriate agencies for the details.)