2012 Toyota Rav4 EV car review @ Top Speed

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year: 2012 Toyota Model: RAV4 Electric 0-60 time: 7

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It took than around 13 years, but seems to have finally on producing the second-generation of the Toyota EV. Maybe all it took was a partnership Tesla to get the proverbial EV ball

The partnership between Toyota and was born out of a mutual interest in a new model using Tesla on a Toyota vehicle, incorporating the of both side to produce a that consumers would to enjoy.

“When we decided to together on the RAV4 EV, President Toyoda wanted to adopt a new model that incorporated streamlined, quick-action approach,” Jim Lentz, president and chief officer of Tesla Motors. the beginning, the customer experience has the focus.”

The ultimate question, at according to Hentz, was how the two companies can an unconventional product to mainstream that is compelling and affordable and offers an acceptable level of convenience.”

In the end, the answer out to be the Toyota Rav4 EV. For now, is building 35 models of the new Rav4 EV for a and evaluation program through with the company looking a production version sometime 2012.

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Exterior and Interior

The Rav4 exterior looks a lot different other Rav4 models, notably the redefined front Comparing it to the 2011 Rav4, the EV front end doesn’t have the grilles, the fog lamps look to been replaced by LED daytime lights, the whole front is less defined in the EV version, and the on the front carries Toyota ’s logo instead of the Toyota Over at the back, the changes are noticeable, especially the smaller smaller rear bumper, and less defined features.

us nit-pickers, but there seems to be oddly plain and bland the Rav EV4. Whether that’s plan remains to be seen, but the looks of things, the Rav EV looks a vanilla in our eyes.

Heading to the the most glaring difference we saw was a different transmission shifter the EV version having a push-button The EV version also comes a custom seat trim, dash displays, and dashboard An important thing to note is the 73-cubic-foot cargo area the EV has with the rear seats down, which means no cargo space was lost in the to an electric powertrain.

PERFORMANCE

For the Rav4 EV will be powered by a -built lithium metal battery that has a usable rated somewhere in the mid-30 range. The battery was built and exclusively by Tesla for the Rav4 EV, other parts.

Despite weighing 220 pounds than the current-generation Rav4 V6. the EV accelerates from 0-60 mph at the same time – right seven seconds — as the V6 The vehicle’s range is expected to 100 miles, which, oddly is about the same range as the first-generation Rav4 EV that was back in the 90’s.

PRICING

no mistake; the Rav4 EV is still well in the testing phase – a why final specifications, pricing, and have yet to be announced. If we’re to take a guess though, a shot-in-the-moon type of estimate, guessing that the Rav4 EV sell at around $25,000 a

COMPETITION

Finally, there a lot of electric SUVs out on the road days. As a matter of fact, the Rav4 EV still has about 700 running around. In terms of the closest we can come to an electric SUV was the Escape Hybrid, a gasoline-electric powered SUV based on the Ford

Other SUVs have been given electric albeit not mass-produced by the automaker. One example is the RUF Stormster. the world’s all electric variant of the Porsche .

PRESS RELEASE

Toyota Sales (TMS), U.S.A. (TMS) debuted today the Toyota RAV4 EV at a news at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A of 35 vehicles will be built for a and evaluation program through aiming at market arrival of a vehicle in 2012.

The fully-engineered vehicle will a target range of 100 miles in road driving patterns, in a range of climates and conditions.

we decided to work together on the EV, President Akio Toyoda to adopt a new development model incorporated Tesla’s streamlined, approach,” said Jim Lentz, and chief operating officer, “The result was a hybrid – a new and approval process and a development that our engineers refer to as and flexible.”

Led by the Toyota Motor and Manufacturing North America Technical Center in Michigan, the new model helped reduce time without compromising quality. The team has accomplished by approaching the project as they a typical mid-cycle “major-minor” change. Specifically, midway a generation, the team began a fully engineered current-generation to which was added a major option, along with feature and cosmetic changes.

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was responsible for building and supplying the as well as other related that met specific Toyota specifications in performance, quality and Toyota was responsible for development and leadership and the seamless integration of the

“From the beginning, the customer has been the focus,” said “In other words, how do we deliver an product to mainstream customers is compelling and affordable and that an acceptable level of daily

A large part of the team’s on the customer experience targeted In this case, the end goal is a with driveability characteristics as to the conventional RAV4 as possible.

For the demonstration vehicle weighs 220 pounds more than the RAV4 V6 yet it will accelerate zero to sixty nearly as

This added weight required significant retuning of components and a prioritized focus on distribution. Not only were and steering modified significantly, components needed to be relocated to balance the increased mass of the pack.

The demonstration vehicle is currently testing is powered by a metal oxide battery useable output rated in the kwh range. However, many regarding both the product, as as the business model, have not finalized. Battery size and output ratings, as well as and volume projections of the vehicle plans to bring to market in have not been decided.

As for a assembly location, Toyota is many options and combinations. The vehicle will continue to be at its Canadian production facility in Ontario. Tesla will the battery and related parts and at its new facility in Palo Alto,

The method and installation location of the components into the vehicle is discussed.

The RAV4 EV received distinct exterior styling including a new front bumper, fog lamps and head lamps. New EV and the custom “mutually exclusive” color, completed the transformation. The received custom seat multimedia dash displays, shifter and dashboard meters.

The platform brings a 73-cubic-foot area with rear folded down – no cargo was lost in the conversion to an electric

In 1997, Toyota brought to the first-generation RAV4 EV in response to the zero emission vehicle mandate and was the first manufacturer to the mandate’s Memo of Agreement on sales. Powered by a nickel-metal battery pack, the vehicle had a of between 80-110 miles on a charge. From model 1998 to model year only 1,484 vehicles sold or leased in the U.S. 746 RAV4 EVs are still on the road ).

“Price and convenience proved to be success factors and they so today,” said Lentz. much has changed in the last few Most importantly, the growing of awareness that sustainable will come at a cost must be shared by the automakers, and the consumer.”


Toyota s approach to mobility focuses on the world’s reliance on mobility systems to specific regions or markets, than individual models or It acknowledges that no one technology be the “winner” and that a mobility in Los Angeles will probably very different from one in or New York or London or Shanghai.

Toyota’s comprehensive technology is a portfolio approach that a long-term commitment to hydrogen cells, plug-in hybrids and electrics all driven by the further of conventional gas-electric hybrids, Prius, as its core technology.

has announced that coinciding the arrival of the RAV4 EV in 2012 it launch, in key global markets, the PHV (plug-in hybrid) and a small EV vehicle. It will also in key global markets, its first hydrogen fuel cell in calendar year 2015, or Finally, by the end of 2012, Toyota add seven all new (not next-generation) models to its portfolio.

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