New Toyota RAV4 EV Unveiled
- 05/08/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
Toyota unveiled its all-new RAV4 EV at the recent 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. The all-electric 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is expected to meet or exceed the gasoline-powered RAV4 V6 in terms of driving dynamics and performance as well as cargo capacity. It can travel about 100 miles before needing to be charged for about six hours using a 240V/40A charger, while the included, 120V charging cable, can be used in situations where 240V charging is not available.
A joint project between Toyota and Tesla, the RAV4 EV utilizes a Tesla battery, warrantied for eight years or 80,000 miles, in a front-wheel-drive RAV4. The electric powertrain, which has a maximum output of 154hp, has two driving modes. In Normal mode, the RAV4 EV has a top speed of 85 mph and will travel from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds, according to Toyota. Toyota says the RAV4 EV's Sport mode has a top speed of 100 mph and will go 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds.
While the 2012 RAV4 EV looks similar to its gasoline counterpart, there are subtle differences, including a redesigned front fascia, side mirrors, rear spoiler and under-body design to improve aerodynamics. Other styling details include LED low-beam projector headlights with manual leveling, LED daytime running lights (which dim to parking lights) and LED combination lights in the rear.
Inside, the interior of the RAV4 EV is the same size as its gasoline counterpart, offering 73 cubic feet of cargo space. The driver gets a six-way adjustable seat and both front seats have seat heaters. The split, reclining rear seat also has heaters and the arm rest folds for increased cargo space. An eight-inch touch screen features EV drive settings as well as navigation, telematics and audio system information.
The RAV4 EV, which will be sold only in California, will come fully-equipped at a price of $49,800. Approximately 2,600 units are expected to be produced over the next three years.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, which will be manufactured at Toyota's Woodstock, Ontario, Canada facility, will go on sale this summer.