Toyota debuted today the new RAV4 EV at the 2010 LA Auto Show, a new car developed with Tesla which promises to offer a range of 100 miles in actual road driving patterns. As you may know already, Tesla is responsible for supplying the battery, as well as other related parts, while Toyota was responsible for development and manufacturing leadership and the seamless integration of the powertrain.
The demonstration vehicle built by Toyota weighs approximately 220 pounds more than the current RAV4 V6, but according to the Japanese manufacturer, the electric car can accelerato from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) nearly as quickly. The demonstration vehicle is powered by a lithium metal oxide battery with useable output rated in the mid-30 kwh range. Still, Toyota needs to take several decisions regarding the production version.
Set to make its debut in 2012, the new Toyota RAV4 EV might be built in California, but a final decision still needs to be taken. Regarding the design of the new car, the RAV4 EV comes with several distinct exterior styling changes such as a new front bumper, grille, fog lamps and head lamps.
In addition, new EV badging and the custom “mutually exclusive” paint color, complete the transformation. Inside, the car received new custom seat trim, multimedia dash displays, push-button shifter and dashboard meters.
If you thought that the battery pack made the vehicle lose cargo space, think again as Toyota says that no cargo space was lost in the conversion to an electric powertrain and the vehicle can offer you a 73-cubic-foot cargo area with rear seats folded down. Toyota has announced that coinciding with the arrival of the RAV4 EV in 2012 it will launch, in key global markets, the Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and a small EV commuter vehicle