It only been a few hours since we heard from Toyota that they plan on bringing plug-in versions of the Prius into test fleets in 2009.

GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz responded to this news in an interview with reporters.

He indicated that the race between Toyota and GM to create a plug-in car is "meaningless" as the Chevy Volt and plug-in Prius are too different to compare. He cited the very short range in the Prius and it's need for gas to go any significant distances.

He also said he expects Toyota 2009 plug-in test fleet would be a very small number. On the contrary, the production-version Volt however will be in a large test fleet by late 2009.

Source ( IHT )