Toyota plans to lease 150 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to fleet customers in Europe this year, and a similar program in North America could follow. The cars can be driven for short distances on just electric power before a Prius-like full gasoline/electric hybrid system takes over, Toyota says.
President Obama plugged his Ford Escape Hybrid last month after announcing the 35.5 mpg mileage requirement he wants in place by 2016. "By the way, I just want to mention, I think I still have my Ford parked in Chicago," Obama said. "It's a Ford hybrid, it runs great, you guys should take a look."