By on July 1, 2012

 

What car does Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi  a.k.a. His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco drive? He drives a Prius.

Today, he switched it for a plug-in hybrid Prius. The minute the first plug-ion hybrid was available in Europe, Toyota shipped it to Monaco as a two month loaner. The intent: Convince the ruler of the 35,800 car principality at France’s Cote d’ Azur to plug-in permanently.

If he buys the car, His Serene Highness can collect a 5,500 EUR subsidy from his own government. Would he drive Nissan’s Leaf, Prince Albert could award himself 9,000 EUR.

Whereas the Prius and its compact sibling the Prius c (a.k.a. Aqua in Japan) enjoys record sales, the plug-in hybrid version has been a slow mover. It costs a princely sum more.

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