SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 31, August 2, 2012

Toyota to Offer All-Electric RAV4

The RAV4 EV will go on sale in late summer 2012 through select California dealers.
Maximum output from the electric powertrain is 154 hp (115kW).

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. offered news media first-drive opportunities this week for the Toyota RAV4 EV—an all-new, all-electric SUV that will arrive in select California dealerships later this summer.

The RAV4 EV is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated driving range rating of approximately 100 miles. It charges in approximately six hours on a 240V/40A charger.

“The RAV4 EV’s driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equal to or exceed the gas-powered RAV4 V6,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “Arriving fully equipped with an MSRP of $49,800, with available combined federal and state incentives of up to $10,000, the RAV4 EV is a practical, versatile option for the EV enthusiast.”

Driving the RAV4 EV is like driving any other compact SUV, but a little quieter. Performance is surprisingly brisk and handling is remarkably good, due in part to a beefed-up suspension and low center of gravity. The RAV4 EV’s battery pack is mounted low and to the center of the vehicle, contributing to a more sedan-like ride.

The front-wheel-drive RAV4 EV allows drivers to select from two distinctly different drive modes—Sport and Normal. In Sport mode, the electric motor instantly accesses 273 lb.-ft. of torque and reaches 0–60 mph in just 7.0 seconds, with a maximum track speed of 100 mph. Normal mode achieves 0–60 mph in 8.6 seconds with a maximum track speed of 85 mph. Maximum output from the electric powertrain is 154 hp (115kW).

The RAV4 EV’s newly designed battery and thermal management systems provide consistent vehicle performance in a variety of climates, which has been a widely publicized problem for other electric vehicles. The liquid-cooled battery is a first for Toyota.

The RAV4 EV will go on sale in late summer 2012 through select California dealers, mostly located in major metropolitan markets. Service for the RAV4 EV will only be available at these authorized RAV4 EV dealers. Sales volume is planned for approximately 2,600 units through 2014. The battery is under warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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