Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill


Toyota Unveils First All-Electric SUV

May 8th, 2012 by  

Monday saw Toyota reveal the new Toyota RAV4 EV at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, an all-electric SUV with an expected driving range rating of approximately 100 miles.

The RAV4 EV is expected to go on sale in late summer of 2012 through select dealers in four major Californian metropolitan markets; Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego. It’s price will be $49,800, and Toyota is expecting to sell around 2,600 units over the next three years.

“It’s all about blending the best of two worlds,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “The all-new RAV4 EV marries the efficiency of an EV with the versatility of a small SUV – in fact, it is the only all-electric SUV on the market.”

According to the Toyota press release, “the RAV4 EV combines a Tesla designed and produced battery and electric powertrain with Toyota’s most popular SUV model.”

“The front wheel drive RAV4 EV allows drivers to select from two distinctly different drive modes, Sport and Normal. In Sport mode, the vehicle reaches 0-60 mph in just 7.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 100 mph. Normal mode achieves 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 85 mph.  Maximum output from the electric powertrain is 154 HP (115kW) @ 2,800 rpm.”

“We believe that the RAV4 EV will attract sophisticated early technology adopters, much like the first-generation Prius,” said Carter. “It’s designed for consumers who prioritize the environment and appreciate performance. We look forward to seeing how the market responds.”

Click here to read the full press release with full details of what the vehicle will ship with.

Check out our new 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

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  • Ed

    I bet when you end having something to conserve some day in the future, you will become a conservative. I am a far right wing conservative who also believes we must do all that we can do to preserve the enviroment for my grandchildren ( 6 Young ladies) I work hard for my money and I believe in paying my fare share of taxes. Jesus said pay unto ceasar what is due to ceasar. But not a penny more. I believe that after you work real hard for what you have, you will insist that other than the sick and infirm, you will insist that others do the same. That is what a real conservative is about.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Well, Ed, I’ve got plenty to conserve but I wouldn’t call myself a conservative.

      I do agree with most of your stated stances. I don’t like paying taxes, but I pay my share. I definitely agree that we need to preserve, and restore, our environment.

      If conservatives believed in equal rights for all, for no special treatment for the very rich, for return of political power to real people rather than “corporate people”, for working together to make the world a better place – a few things like that then I could consider becoming a conservative.

      But as long as conservatives preach hate, intolerance, greed, hostility to other countries, destruction of the planet, etc. I just can’t go there.

      Perhaps you might not be the conservative you think you are. It might be time for a new term for people who support fiscal conservation, environmental conservation, and doing the Jesus thing – treating others as you would like be treated.

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