Toyota introduced today the all-new RAV4 EV at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. Priced from $49,800, the vehicle has a total range of 100 miles and can be charged in almost six hours on a 240V/40A charger. Regarding the performances, these are quite impressive for an electric SUV and the RAV4 EV offers two distinctly different drive modes, Sport and Normal.
In the Sport mode, the SUV sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h). In Normal mode, the RAV4 EV sprints to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 85 mph or 136 km/h. Maximum output from the electric powertrain is 154 HP (115kW) @ 2,800 rpm. As expected, the battery and electric powertrain are designed and produced by Tesla.
The RAV4 EV’s battery pack is mounted low and to the center of the vehicle, contributing to a more sedan-like ride. Regarding the design, the RAV4 EV comes with LED low beam projector headlights with halogen projector high beams.
Moreover, we find five vertical LEDs, which make up the daytime running lights. The rear lights are accented by LEDs and come with light smoke outer lens. Other exterior modifications include new exterior emblems on the front, rear and the front door panel with the Toyota “environmental blue.”
Later this year, the Toyota RAV4 EV will be available in three exterior colors: Blizzard White Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic. Inside we find a unique “Neutron” fabric, woven with a subtle sheen and blue accent, on the seat inserts and door trim.
The interior is highlighted by an eight-inch capacitive touch screen with a state of the art graphic display, featuring navigation, telematics, and EV drive information and settings designed specifically for the RAV4 EV. As expected, the Toyota Entune is offered as standard along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio , AM/FM radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and USB port with iPod connectivity.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. presented its much-anticipated all-new RAV4 EV at the 2012 Electric Vehicle Symposium in L.A. The all-electric sports utility vehicle has a driving range rating of about 100 miles and an estimated charging time of six hours using a 240V/40A charger.
The new RAV4 EV boasts driving performance, cargo capacity, and dynamics that equal or exceed that of the gas-powered RAV4 V6. This SUV will arrive fully equipped and without compromise on comfort, versatility, or performance. It has an MSRP of $49,800.
According to Bob Carter, group VP and GM of the Toyota division, the all-new RAV4 EV combines an EV’s efficiency with a small SUV’s versatility. It is all about joining together the best of both worlds, he said. In fact, the all-new RAV4 EV is the market’s only all-electric SUV.
The all-new RAV4 EV is the result of a unique team-up between Toyota and Tesla Motors. The collaboration was spurred by Toyota Motor Corporation President and CEO Akio Toyoda. Almost two years after the project was announced, engineers for Toyota and Tesla succeeded in bringing an excellent product that could reach the market in record time.
In addition, the Toyota RAV4 EV utilizes a Tesla-designed and Tesla-produced electric powertrain and battery with Toyota's popular SUV model. The Toyota and Tesla collaborative team is setting its sights on refining experience for customers. The vehicle was designed for maximum vehicle range and for ease of use, and this is evident in the advanced charging options, the interior comfort, and the interactive displays that it offers.