Plug-In Prius Priority Registation Open

Toyota has announced that its upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the popular Prius is now available for priority registration, which is essentially a reservation spot for the opportunity to pre-order the car once it’s available.

We’ve been excited to see how the plug-in hybrid will perform, reporting on the car’s details earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, where we noted the car has a top speed of 60 miles per hour and a range of 13 miles in all-electric mode, slightly less than the Chevy Volt.

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Through Toyota’s new website, customers in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington will be able to configure the new Prius, select a dealer within their state, and track production and delivery of the vehicle.

The plug-in hybrid Prius won’t be available until spring of 2012, but as we noted earlier this year, Zipcar members in Boston, San Francisco, and Portland can drive the car before the general public.

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