The electric Toyota Rav4 will be available to buy, according to Toyota.
Toyota business planning manager of advanced vehicle marketing Geri Yoza had previously said that the car was to be made available to fleets and car sharing schemes only, but Toyota has since denied these claims:
"Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs. We'd like to set the record straight. The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota.
Toyota is the only manufacturer bringing two battery electric vehicles to the market in 2012 - the RAV4 EV and the Scion iQ EV. While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion iQ EV will be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs only."
Underneath the EV’s Rav4 exterior is the same electric powertrain as found in the Tesla – a firm Toyota worked with to produce the SUV EV.
Between 1996 and 2003 Toyota sold 1900 first generation electric Rav4’s – the first vehicle in the world to be powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery. The car had a top speed of 78mph and a range of up to 120 miles.