The front-driven Toyota Rav4 EV will cost from $49,800 when it goes on sale in the US in summer
8 May 2012

Toyota has shown the new Toyota Rav4 EV at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. The front-driven Toyota Rav4 EV will cost from $49,800 (£31,000) when it goes on sale in the US in summer.

Power is courtesy of a 152bhp Tesla-developed powertrain, which has a claimed range of 100 miles. A full battery charge takes six hours from a 240-volt charging station.

Two driving modes are available – Sport and Normal. In Sport mode, the SUV EV will hit 60mph in a claimed 7.0sec and go on to a top speed of 100mph, while Normal mode reduces performance to 8.6sec to 60mph and 85mph flat out.

External features of the Rav4 EV include LED headlights and the choice of three colours: white, blue or silver.

Inside, the new car gets an eight-inch touch screen (for sat-nav, telematics and EV drive information), plus Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity.

Toyota plans to sell 2600 examples over the next three years. The car’s battery pack comes with an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty.

 

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8 May 2012

another 100 miles of range and this electric rav4 is approaching something useful. mind you, what have they done to the front end.

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8 May 2012

Impressive performance figures, but as we all know the real range will be nowhere near claimed figures, but the main thing is the price of £31,000. That's a hell of a lot of money. And it'll still have to be used in and around cities which seems a waste of such a big car.

8 May 2012

I can't see how spending this much on something that has such a small range and long recharge time is justifiable. The low top speed and questionable durability only makes this thing less appealing.

9 May 2012

[quote Evo_ermine]Impressive performance figures, but as we all know the real range will be nowhere near claimed figures, but the main thing is the price of £31,000. That's a hell of a lot of money[/quote]

Come on now, we all know a US price of almost $50k will mean a UK price of near £50K.

9 May 2012

Okay, this car is aimed at someone like me. I already drive a small 4x4 to the station and back every day, as it is a short distance the fuel economy doesn't matter, but 4wd is useful. I also have a garage with a charging plug.

But....

1) We all know that the price will be more than £31,000 when it gets here.

2) Will there be a battery rental charge (like Renault), or will the batteries ned replacing every 5 years at a huge cost?

3) It is a 4x4....what weight can it tow (a lot of EV's are puny)?

4) What is the real world range on a dark cold commute with lights, heated seats etc. on?

Once I have better answers to these questions then they may have a customer, but a used Nissan X-Trail will do the same job at a fraction of the cost and still get me to Cornwall and back in the snow....

9 May 2012

With Toyota one of the biggest operators in North America the RAV4 is a top seller. Issuing an EV version was always a certainty. It produced an EV version many years ago that got mired in controversy when almost all the 100 experimental vehicles were crushed, removed in the night after pressure from car makers and politicians. Forces set against anything that doesn't use petrol or catalytic systems are still active.

The pity is the company boasts of tripling its profits this year and yet all it does is alter an existing vehicle to EV propulsion. The "Just in time" company is the "Way behind" maker.

9 May 2012

[quote Fidji]

The low top speed and questionable durability only makes this thing less appealing.

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In Sport mode, the SUV EV will hit 60mph in a claimed 7.0sec and go on to a top speed of 100mph, just how fast do you do you drive your 4x4?


Back in the real world and the sort of owners this car is aimed at woukd never leave 'Normal mode' and go above 85mph anyhow.

 

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9 May 2012

[quote Broughster]3) It is a 4x4....what weight can it tow (a lot of EV's are puny)?[/quote] whether one of these fashion-by-fours will ever be used to carry more than a handbag and a white iPhone is for another discussion, but this is a fair point nonetheless. If you compare the maximum payload of Renault's Kangoo vs Kangoo ZE vans you'll note the ZE (i.e. electric) trails the 110 diesel by 200kg - about two and a half people. And while the ZE is a match for the carrying capacity of the smaller 75 diesel, it's getting on for £10,000 more expensive. Hum...

9 May 2012

[quote ThwartedEfforts]it's getting on for £10,000 more expensive[/quote]Why is it "more expensive"?

9 May 2012

[quote ThwartedEfforts]whether one of these fashion-by-fours will ever be used to carry more than a handbag and a white iPhone is for another discussion,[/quote]

Sorry, my 4x4 has to work for a living. Aside from the daily commute, we have a boat, horsebox and trailer to tow and various bits of kit that need lugging around our smallholding. I don't want, or need, a full size 4x4 so these compact ones make a lot of sense.

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