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.