No Govt subsidies on a Prius over here - can buy a new (basic) one from approx £20k (USD30k?) and that is well inside the ballpark for a mid range 4 door saloon
Toyota taking a long term view on when they get their money
back on the technology (Hybrid and Electric
- as well as becoming known as a supplier of cars that work which don't rely on gas / petrol....that could be useful when Hydrogen goes mainstream!) - likely looking a couple of decades ahead rather than next quarter as some companies (and cultures?
) tend to do.......it's called "long term investment"
Of course for fossil fuel
based vehicles have to count in the subsidy for the armed forces required to ensure that furriners don't decide that their oil
is actually worth $1000.......a pint
FWIW, over here the Prius works well on fuel consumption
as no motorways! - lots of urban (and small country lanes) and that's where electric
really wins vs fossil.......as well as being more pleasant to live with in an urban environment