Bob Carter talks about the Toyota Prius plug-in on Driving the Nation

At an event near San Francisco, CA Bob Carter Group Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Division, told us, “compared to the average car, Prius has saved an estimated $2.5 billion on fuel in the U.S. since 2000. According to a recent study, if everyone in the U.S. drove a Prius, we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 70 percent. In addition to the approximately 900-million gallons of gas saved since it’s launch, Prius has also saved more than 14-millons tons of CO2 emissions based on the EPAs estimates.”

The Toyota Prius has been so successful that Toyota is bringing out four new family members within the next 6-9 months …the Prius Liftback, Prius v ($26,400), Prius Plug-in ($32,000) and the Prius c.

Bob Carter Group Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Division, talked about how long it would take to charge the Prius on a 120v and how long it would take on the new Leviton level two 16-amp charger. Toyota has partnered with Leviton so that a customer can buy the charger at a very low price of $999.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.