Toyota Motor Corp. is claiming that its RAV4 EV sports utility vehicle could travel farther than its major rivals’ electric models. According to Toyota, its RAV4 EV could travel up to 113 miles or 182 kilometers on a full charge. Bill Fay, group vice president of U.S. Toyota-brand sales, quipped that the RAV4 EV's driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equivalent to or may even surpass the RAV4 V-6.
Fay added that the electric-powered small SUV is the “most practical, versatile and convenient” electric vehicle on the market. RAV4 EV joins an increasing number of electric vehicles that are making waves in the market, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Fit EV and Ford Focus EV.
Carmakers are bent on producing these environment-friendly units to meet demand for vehicles that emit little or no pollution as well as to comply with California rules.
According to Fay, Toyota is eyeing to sell 2,600 of the RAV4 EV during model years 2012 through 2014, and another 30,000 Prius plug-in hybrids to comply with California’s zero-emission vehicle program.
RAV4 EV will need around six hours of charging before it becomes full. It also has two charging modes for its 41.8-kilowatt battery. California buyers have a chance to acquire a RAV4 EV in a month for just $49,800. The RAV4 EV, however, qualifies for $10,000 in combined federal and state incentives.