The Toyota Prius is already one of the most popular and recognizable hybrid cars on the market. In early 2009, the company reached its first major milestone, claiming to have sold its one-millionth hybrid in the United States, and sales of the third-generation Prius looked to be a positive note among dismal global car sales.
So many Prius enthusiasts were excited to learn that Toyota planned to introduce a plug-in version of the ubiquitous hybrid. Toyota hasn't released much information about the Prius plug-in hybrid just yet, but we do know it will be modeled after the recent third generation Prius and feature a lithium-ion battery pack. And it may be a while before we see a mass-produced version of the car, too -- by the end of 2009, Toyota will have leased 200 of the initial versions of the plug-in hybrid to fleet customers in Japan, 150 vehicles in the United States and an undisclosed amount in Europe.
While Toyota has honed its hybrids for years, Chevy is just beginning to catch up; read the next page to learn about the U.S. automaker's attempt at plug-in hybrid technology.